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JOURNAL 



"CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATE 
STATES OF AMERICA, 
1861-1865. 



VOLUME VII. 



FEBRUARY 1, 1904.— Ordered to be printed. 



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JOURNAL 

OF THE 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SECOND CONGRESS 

OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 

OF AMERICA. 



Held at RichniomI, Vn., May 2, i8ti4, hi Jiiiw 14, 1864. 
Held at Richmond, Vh., November 7. IH84, to March 18, 1865. 



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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 



THE CONFEDERATE STATES. 



PECOSD COyORBUfl. FIRST SESSION, MAY 2. lS6i. TO JUNE H, 186h. 
FIRST DAY— MONDAY, May 2, 1864. 

OPEN liESSlON. 

Journal of the House of Representatives, Congress of the Con- 
federate States, begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Rich- 
mond, on Monday, the 2d day of May, 1864, being the firsit session of 
the Second Congress held under the Constitution of the Government 
of the Confederate States. 

On which day. lie'ing the day fixed by law for the meeting of 
Congress, at 12 o'clock m., the members-ele«t of the House of Rep- 
resentatives were called to order by A. R. Lamar, the Clerk, and tno 
roll of members being called, it appeared that a quornm, consisting 
of a majority of the whole number of the members of the House, 
were present, as follows: 

From the State of — 
Alabama Marcus H. Cruikshank. 

William P. Chilton. 

David Clopton. 

James L. Pugh. 

J. S. Dickinson. 

Arkansas Augustus H- Garland. 

Thomas B. Hanly. 

Flobida Robert B. Hilton. 

Gborgla Jniian Hartridge. 

William E. Smith. 
Mark H. Blandford. 
Clifford Anderson. 
J. T. Shewmake. 
J. H. Echols. 
James M. Smith. 
George N. Lester. 
H. P. Bell. 
Warren Akin. 



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Kentucky Willis B. Machen. 

Henry E, Read. 
James S. Chrisman. 
Theodore L. Burnett. 
Horatio W. Bruce. 
Humphrey Marshall. 
Eli M. Bruce. 
.Tames W. Moore. 
Ben F. Bradley. 
George W. Triplett. 

Louisiana Charles J. Villere. 

Charles M. Conrad. 
Lucius J. Dupre. 
John Perkins, jr. 

Mississippi Jehu A, Orr. 

Israel Welsh. 
Henry C. Chambers. 
Ethell)ert Barksdale. 
J. T. Lamkin. 

North Carolina William N, H. Smith. 

James T. Leach. 
Josi»h Turner, jr. 
John A. 'Gilmer, 
' James M. Leach. 

B. S. (laither. 
George W. Logan. 
J. (i. Kamsav, 
Thomas C. I^uUcr. 

South Carolina William Porcher Miles. 

William D. Simpson. 
James Farrow. 
William W. Boyce. 

Tennessee Joseph B. Heiskell. 

William G. Swan. 
Arthur S. Colyar. 
John P. Murray. 
Henrv R. Foote. 
E. a; Keehle. 
Thomas Menees. 
J. I). C. Atkins. 

Texas Anthony M. Branch. 

Franklin B. Sexton. 

ViRfiiNiA Robert Ti. Montague. 

R. H. AVhitfield. 
T. S. Gholson. 
Thomas S. Boc.x-k. 
John Goode, jr. 



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ViBGiNiA (continued) William C. Rives. 

D. C. De Jarnette. 
John B. Baldwin. 
Waller R. Staples. 
' Fayette McMullin. 

Robert Johnston. 
Charles W. Russell. 

The first busin&=s in order being the election of a Speaker, 

Mr, Conrad nominated Hon. Thomas S. Bocock, of Virginia; and 

on motion of Mr. Welsh, Mr. Bocock was unanimously eleeted 

Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Second Congi-ess. 
Mr. Bocock was then conducted to the chair by Messrs, Conrad, of 

Louisiana, and Farrow, of South Carolina, and the oath to support the 

Constitution of the Confederate States was administered to the 

Speaker by Mr, William N. H. Smith, one of the Representatives 

from the State of North Carolina. 
The usual oath was then administered by the Speaker to all the 

other Members and Delegates from tlie Territories who had answered 

to their names, 
Mr. Garland offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Rfxolved, Tlint the mien for tlie House of RepreaeiitatlveB of the last Con- 

gT^fs be. nnd the name are bereby, ndopted. and they sliall govern this House 

Id tbe oondncUng of business untU other rules be adopted. 

The House then proceeded to the election of Clerk. 

Mr. Chambers nominated A. R. Lamar, of Georgia; and on 
motion of Mr. Sexton, Mr. Lamar was unanimously elected Clerk of 
the House of Representatives. 

Mr. Lamar appeared, and the oath of office was administered to him 
by the Speaker, 

The election of Doorkeeper being next in order, 

Mr, Russell nominated R. H. ^\ynne; and on motion of Mr. Gar- 
land, Mr. Wynne was unanimously elected Doorkeeper. 

Mr. Wynne appeared and took the oath of office ; which was admin- 
istered by the Speaker. 

Mr. Sexton submitted the following resolution : 

Renolved, That the Clerk of this House Inform the Senate that a qiionim of 
tbe House of RepreseDtatives has assembled and organized by the election of 
Thouiaa 8. BococI;. of Virginia, Riieaker. and A. R. I^mar. esquire, of Georgia. 
Clerk, and that the House Is ready to proceed to bni^lnesa; 

which was adopted. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Bepresentatlves that a 
(juomm of the Senate has aswembled ; that they have elected Hon. R. M. T. 
Hunter, a Senator from the State of Vlrf;inla. Treeldent pro tempore, and 
James H. Nash, Secretary : and that the Senate Is reafly to proceed to business. 

Another message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their 
Secretary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. speaker: I am directed to inforta the House of Representatives that the 
Senate have appointed a committee, to Join such committee as ma; be api>ointed 
by the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the Confederate 
States and inform him that a quorum of each House has assembled, and that 
CoDgrees la ready to receive any commnnli.'atlou be may be pleased to make ;, 



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On motion of Mr. Sexton, it was ordered that a committee be ap- 
pointed on the part of the House, to join a similar committee which 
had been appointed by the Senate, to wait upon the President of the 
Confederate States and inform him that a quorum of the two Houses 
is assembled, and that Congress is ready to receive any communica- 
tions he may be pleased to make. 

The Speaker appointed Mr. Sexton, Mr. Rives, and Mr. Gilmer the 
committee on the j>art of the House. 

The Speaker laid before the House a communication from the clerk 
of the Virginia house of delegates, inclosing a copy of n resolution 
adopted by the house of delegates, tendering the use of their hall to 
the House of Representatives. 

Mr. Baldwin moved that when the House meet on Thursday morn- 
ing next, it meet in the hall of the house of delegates; which was 
agreed to. 

Mr, Foote offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz : 
> proceed to the appolntroent of 

On motion of Mr, Smith of North Carolina, leave of absence was 
granted his colleague, Mr, Bridgers (detained from his seat by the 
indisposition of a member of his family). 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Wright (detained from his seat by indisposition in his 
family). 

Mr. Sexton, from the committee appointed to wait upon the Presi- 
dent, reported that the committee had performed their duty, and that 
the President had requested the committee to inform the House that 
he would send a communication to the two Houses immediately. 

A me.ssage was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary, and read as follows, viz : 
To (fip Senate and Home of Reprewntatives of ike Confederate States of 

America: 

Toil are assembled uoder circumstances of deep Interest to your conntrj. and 
It Is fortunate that coming, as you do. nevrly elected by tbe people and familiar 
with tbe condition of tbe various localities, you will be the better able to devise 
roensores adapted to meet tbe wants of tbe public service witbont imposing 
iinneceRsary burthens on the citizen. Tbe brief period which has elapsed 
since the last adjournment of Congress has not afforded sufficient opportunity 
to test the efflcftcj' of the most important laws then enacted, nor have the 
events occurring la the Intervsl been such as mnterlaliy to change the state of 
tlie country. 

Tbe unjust war commenced agtiinst oa In violation of tbe rights of the States, 
nnd in usurpation of i>ower not delegated to the Government of tbe United 
States, Is still characterized by tbe barbarism with which it has heretofore 
been conducted by the enemy. Aged men, helpless women and children, fppeal 
In vain to the humanity which should be Inspired by their condition for immn- 
nlty from arrest. Inoarcerfltlon, or banishment from their homes. Plunder and 
devastation of the property of noncombatants, destruction of private dwellings 
and even of ediflces dei'oted to the worship of God, expeditions organized for 
the sole purpose of sacking cities, consigning them to the flames, killing tbe an- 
nrmed inhabitants, and Inflicting horrible outrages on women and children, are 
some of tbe constantly recurring atrocities of ttie Invader. It can not reason- 
ably be pretended that such acts conduce to any end which their authors 
dare avow before the civilized world, and sooner or later Christendom nwist 
mete out to them tbe condemnation which such brutality deserves. Tbe euf- 



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feiing tbuH mtblessly inflicted upon tbe i>eople of the Invaded districts bas 
Berved bat to illustrate their pntrlollaui. Entire unanimity and zeal for 
their country's cause have been tireemtnently cousplcuous among those whose 
sacrlflcee have been in^atest. So tbe Anay. wblcb bas borne the trials and 
dangers of the war, which bas been subjected to privations and disappointments 
(tests of manly fortitude far mure severe tban tbe brief fatigues and perils 
of actual combat), has beeu tbe center of cheerfulness and hope. Front tbe 
camp comes tbe voice of the soldier patriots invoking each who Is at home, in 
tbe spbere be beet may fill, to devote bis whole energies to tbe support of a 
cause in tbe success of which their confidence baa never faltered. Tbey, tbe 
veterans of many a bnrd-fought field, tender to their country, without limit of 
tlnie, a service of priceless value to us, one which posterity will bold In grateful 
remembrance. 

In coDBldering tbe state of tbe country, tbe reflection Is naturally suggested 
that this is tbe Third Congress of tbe Confederiite States of America. Tbe 
Provisional Governiueut was formed, its Congress held four sessions, lived its 
appointed term, and iiassed away. The Permuueut UovemmeDt was then 
organized. Its dIFFercnt departments establlabed, a Congress elected, which also 
held four sessions, served Its full constitutional term, and expired. Tou, tbe 
SeeoniJ Congress under the Permanent Government, are now assembled at the 
time and place appointed by law for commencing your session. All these 
events have passed Into history, notwithstanding tbe threat of our prompt 
subjugation, made three years ago, by a people that presnme to assert a title to 
govern States whose separate and Indepeudeut sovereignty was recognized by 
treaty with France and Great Britain in the last century and remained 
nnquestloned for nearly three generations. Yet these very Oovernuients, in 
disregard of duty and treaty obligations whicb bind them to recognize as Inde- 
pendent Virginia and other Confederate States, persist In countenancing by 
moral influente. IF not In aiding by unfair and partial action, tbe claim set up 
by tbe Executive of a foreign Government to exercise despotic sway over the 
States thus recognized and treat the Invasion of them by their former limited 
and special agent as though It were the attempt of a so^^relgn to suppress a 
rebellion against lawful authority. Ungenerous advantage has been taken of our 
present condition, and our rights have been violated, our vessels of war detained 
in ports to wblcb tbey have been Invited by proclamations of neutrality, and In 
one Instance our flag also insulted where the sacred right of asylum was sap- 
posed to be secure; while one of these Governments has contented Itself with 
simply deprecating, by deferential representations, tbe conduct of our enemy in 
the constantly recurring Instances of bis contemptuous disregard of neutral 
rights and flagrant violations of public law. It may be that foreign govern- 
ments, like our enemies, have mistaken our desire for peace, unreservedly 
expressed, for evidence of exhaustion, and have thence Inferred tbe probalilllty 
of success in tbe eCCort to subjugate or exterminate tbe millions of human 
beings who in these States prefer any fate to submission to their savage 
assailants. I see no prospect of an early change in the course heretofore 
pursued by these Governments; but when this delusion ahull have been dispelled, 
and when our Independence, by the valor and fortitude of our people, shall bave 
been won against all the hostile InQuences combined against ua, and can no 
longer be Ignored by open foes or professed neutrals, this war will have left 
with Its proud memories a record of many wrongs which it may not misbecome 
ua to forgive, some for whicb we may not properly forbear from demanding 
redress. In the meantime It Is enongh for us to know that every avenue of 
negotiation is closed against us; that our enemy Is making reuevi'ed and 
strenuous efforts for our destruction, and that the sole resource for us as a 
people secure in the Justice of our cause, and holding our liberties to be more 
precious tban all other earthly poa.sessions, Is to combine and apply every 
available element of power for tbelr defense and preservation. 

On the subject of the exchange of prisoners I greatly regret to tie unable to give 
you satisfactory information. Tbe Government of the United States, while 
persisting in failure to execute tbe terms of the cartel, make occasional deliveries 
of prisoners and then auapend action without apparent cause. I confess my 
inability to comprehend their policy or pun»se. The prisoners held by us, In 
spite of humane care, are perishing from tbe Inevitable effects of Imprisonment 
and the homesickness produced by the hoiwlessness of release from conflnement. 
The spectacle of their suffering augments our longing desire to relieve from 
similar trials our own brave men who have spent so many weary months In a 
cruel and useless imprisonment, endured with heroic constancy. The delivery, 



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after a suspensioD of some weeks, lias Just been resumed by the enemy ; but as 
they give uo asBurftnce of Intent to carry out the cartel, an Interruption of the 
exchange may recur at any moment 

Tlie reports of tbe Departments, berewltb submitted, are referred to for full 
information in relation to tbe matters appertaining to each. There ar« two of 
them on which I deem it necessary to mal<e special remark. The report of 
the Secretary of the Treasury states facts Justifying the conclusion that the 
law passed at the last session for the purpose of withdrawing from circula- 
tion tlie large excess of Treasury notes heretofore issued has had the desired 
effect, and that by tbe 1st of July tbe amount In circulation will linve t>een 
re<luced to a sum not exceeding 5230.000.000. It Is believed to be of |)rlmnr5- 
Importance that no further i^ue of notes should take place, and that the use 
of the credit of the Government should he restricted to the two other modes 
provided by Congress, viz, the sale of bonds and the Issue of certificates bearing 
Interest for tbe price of supplies purchased within our limits. Tbe law as It 
now stands authorizes tbe issue by tbe Treasury of new notes to the extent of 
two-thirds of the amount received under its provisions. Tbe estlmiite of the 
amount funded under the law Is shown to be $300,000,000. and if two-thirds of 
this sum be reissued, we shall have an addition of $200,000,000 to our circulation, 
believed to be already ample for the business of the country. The addition of 
this large sum to the volume of the currency would be attended by disastrous 
effects and would produce the speedy recurrence of tlie evils from which tlie 
funding law has rescued the country. If our arms are crowned with the 
success which we have so much reason to hope, we may well expect that this 
war can not be prolonged beyond the current year, and nothing would so much 
retard the beneficent Influence of peace on all the Interests of our country as 
tlie existence of a great mass of currency not redeeniable in coin. With our 
vast resources tbe circulation. If restricted to Its present volume, would be 
easily manageable, and by gradual absorption in payment of public dues would 
give |>lace to the precious metals, the only basis of a currency adapted to com- 
merce with foreign countries. In our present circumstances I know of no mode 
of providing for tlie public wants whicb would entail sacrlBces so great as a 
fresh Issue of Treasury notes, and I trust that you will concur in the propriety 
of absolutely forbidding any Increase of those now In circulation. 

Olflcera liave been appointed and dispatched to the Trans- Mississippi States, 
and the necessary measures taken for the execution of tlie laws enacted to 
obviate delays In administering tlie Treasury and other Executive Deiiartments 
In those States, but sufficient time has not elapsed to ascertain the results. 

In relation to the most important of all subjects at tbe prexent time — tbe 
efficiency of our armies In tbe field— -It Is gratifying to assure you that the dis- 
cipline and Instruction of the troops have kept pace with tbe improvecnent In 
material and equipment. We have reason to congrntulate ourselves on the 
results of tiie legislation on this subject, and on the Increased uilininlstrative 
energy In the different bureaus of tbe War Department, and may not unreason- 
ably indulge anticipations of commensurate success In the ensuing campaign. 

Tiie organization of reserves Is In progress, and It is hoped tiiey will be valu- 
able in affording local protection without requiring details and detachments 
from active force. 

.^mong tbe recommendations contained In the report of tbe Secretary of War, 
your attention Is specially Invited to those in which legislation Is suggested 
on tlie following subjects, viz : 

The tenure of ofilce of tbe general officera In the Provisional Army, and a 
proper discrimination in the compensation of tbe different grades. 

The provision required In aid of invalid officers wiio have resigned In conse- 
quence of wounds or sickness contracted white In service. 

The amendment of (he law which deprives officers in the field of the privi- 
lege of purchasing rations, and thus adds to their embarrassment. Instead of 
conferring the benefit Intended. 

The organisation of tbe general staCt of the Army, In relation to which a 
special message will shortly be addressed to you. containing the reasons which 
compelled me to withhold my approval of a bill passed by your predecessors 
at too late a |>erioil of the session to allow time for returning it for their 
reconsideration. 

The necessity for an increase in the allowance now made for tlie transporta- 
tion of officers traveling under orders. 

The mode of providing officers for the execution of the conscript laws. 

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JuHtlce 111 exnmininR nnd diapoBln^ o( the reconlB of cnsw reported from tlio 
courts- martial and military courta in the Armj. 

The recent events of the war are highly creditable to our troops, exblbltlni; 
energy and vigilance combined with the habitual gallantry which they have 
taught UH to eipect on nil occasions. We have been cheered by Important and 
valuable succeasea in Florida, northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, and 
Kentucky, western -Louisiana and eastern Korth Carolina, reflecting the higti- 
est bonor on the xklll and conduct of our commanders, and on the lncom< 
parable soldiers whom It Is their prlvll^e to lead. A naval attack on Mobile 
was so successfully repulsed at the outer works that the attempt was aban- 
doned, and the nine months' sletce of Charleston has been praftleally aus- 
Iiended. leaving that noble city and Its fortresses imperishable monuments to 
the skill and fortitude of Its defenders. The armies In northern Georgia and 
northern Virginia still oppose with unshaken front a formidable barrier to 
the progress of the Invader, and our generals, armlee, and people are animated 
l)y cheerful coufidence. 

Let us, then, while resolute In devoting all our energies to securing the 
realization of the bright auspices which encourage us, not forget that our 
humble and most grateful thanks arc due to Him. without whose guidance and 
protecting care all human efforts are of no avail, and to whose Interposition 
are due the manifold succeasea with which wc have been cheered. 

JEFFERSON UAVIS. 

Richmond, Mav S, 186.i. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, the message of the President was laid 
on the table and, under a suspension of the rules, 2,500 copies ordered 
to be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Conrad, the report of the Secretary of the Navy 
was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, to inquire into the 
propriety of it-s publication. 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, the report of the Postmaster-General 
was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

On motion, the report of the Attorney-General was laid upon the 
table and ordei^d to be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the report of the Secretary of War was 
laid upon tiie table and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury ; which, on motion of Mr. Swan, was laid upon 
the table and ordered to be printed. 

On motion of Mr. McMullin, it was ordered that the daily hour of 
the meeting of this House be 12 o'clock m. until otherwise ordered. 

And the House, on motion of Mr. Hilton, adjourned. 

SECOND DAY— TUESDAY, May 3, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer bj' Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

Several other members appeared, were sworn to support the Con- 
stitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House, 
\iz: 

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Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution ; 

WhereoB reports tire in circulation and have found tbeir way into the public 
prtnta impugiilug tbe loyait; uf tbe Honorable WlUiamsou R. W. Cobb, mem- 
ber-elect to this House from tbe Third Congressional district of the State of 
Aiabama, and tending to nhuw that be is in complicity with and glrlng aid and 
<'omfort to tbe enenilex of tbe Confederate States, and is therefore unfit to be 
the representative of a loyal co:istltueDcy : Therefore, 

Regotved, That a ooninilttee of fire members be appointed by tbe Speaker to 
Inquire into sueh reports aud to collect and report the testimony bearli^ upon 
the loyalty or disloyalty of said member, and to report tbe same to this House 
with sncb recommendation as to its further action In the premises as to said 
committee shall seem proper, and that Mr. Cobb be notified by the committee. 
If practicable, of tbe sitting of the committee, and that said committee bare 
power to send for i^ersons and papers. 

The question being on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

j Yeas 69 

■ ( Nays 6 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, Bland- 
ford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, 
Do Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, EchoLs, Farrow, Foote, Funsten, 
Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hil- 
ton, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Machen, 
McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, 
Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sex- 
ton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Viller^, Welsh, and 
Whitfield. 

Nays : Conrad, Fuller, A. H, Garland, J. T. Leach, Marshall, and 
Orr. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Cruikshank introduced 

A bill " providing for the repeal of the act suspending the privilege 
of the writ of habeas corpus; 

which was read a first ana second time and refern'd to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Pugh submitted the following resolution: 

Retotved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to Inquire 
Into Uie necesHitj- of so auiendliig the not "to levy additional taxes for the 
common defense and support of the Government," passed at the last session of 
Congress, as to provide — 

1. That tbe titbe produced In eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and not tbe 
tithe of eighteen bnndred and slxty-tbree. Is to be credited on tbe five per cent 
tax leried on property employed in agriculture. 

2. That the Are per cent taj levied on property employed in agriculture Is 
not to be collected until the value of the tithe to be deducted therefrom is 
assessed. 

3. That tbe tni: upon profits made by selling anything enumerated In tbe 
fourth section of said act, between the seventeenth of February last and the 
first day of July next, be increased fifty iier cent on tbe amount of the profits 
and collected under said act. 

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the resolution by striking out the 
words *' Ways and Means " and inserting in lieu thereof the words 

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" a special committee to be called 'A Special Committee on Currency 
and Taxation,' to be appointed by the Chair." 

Mr. Foote moved to lay the amendment of Mr. Conrad on the table; 
which latter motion was agreed to, and the resolution of Mr. Pugh 
was adopted. 

Mr. Pugh also submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, vjz: 

Resoljjed. That tbe Committee on Military Affairs be iDstructcd to Inquire 
Into tbe eipedlent-y of so amending the existing law as to allow commUsloned 
offloers of tbe Anuj nnd Navy to draw one ration and purchase auotber from 
tbe GoverDmeat 

Mr, Clopton submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 



Mr, Hanly presented the memorial of Maj. W. H. Govan, quarter- 
master, Hindman's division, Army of Tennessee, with Exhibits A, B, 
C, setting up a claim for $400; which was referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr, A. H. Garland introduced 

A bill " to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury 
notes held by certain Indian tribes; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " for the relief of A. L. Witherington, of Union County, 
in the State of Arkansas; " which was read a first and se-^nd time 
and referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, a commimication from Maj. Gen. Cadmus M. Wilco.x, recom- 
mending the amendment of the law allowing rations to officers; 
which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Hartridge introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to levy additional taxes 
for the common defense and support of the Government; ' " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Hartridge submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz: 

Resolved, Tbat tbe Committee on Waya and Means be Instructed to inquire 
wbetber. under the provisions of tbe act to regulate the exportation of cotton, 
tobacco, etc., the Secretary of tbe Treasury bas tbe right to prevent tbe sailing 
from a Confederate port of any vessel owned or chartered by any of the States 
of tbe Confederacy, because said vessel bas not complied with the regulations 
establlsbed by virtue of tbe provisions of Hald act, and wbetber said act does 
Dot expreeeiy exempt from tbe operation of Its provlsious all vessels owned or 
chartered by tbe Confederate States or any of tbem. 

Mr. Echols introduced 

A bill " to increase the pay of the officers and soldiers of the Army 
of the Confederate States; 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill "to increase the salaries and compensation of certain 
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of the Congress of the Confederate States; " which wns read a fifst 
and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Akin introduced 

A bill (H. R. 7) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to lay additional 
taxes for the common defense and support of the Government,' ap- 
proved February seventeenth, eighteen nundred and sixty-four." 

The bill was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed, 

Mr. Anderson introduced 

A bill " to authorize the judges of the district court for the north- 
em district of Georgia to change the place of holding said court; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 



Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That It be referred to tbe ComiDittee on Wa;a and Means to Inquire 
and report ae to tbe beet means of baving audited and paid tbe claims of penons 
In the Trans-MlsHlssippi E>epartment Against the Confedernte Government, with- 
out the delay and ex[>ense of having tbem transmitted to Richmond, Virginia. 

Mr. Villerfi presented a serip_s of joint resolutions of the legislature 
of Louisiana in relation to the further prosecution of the war. 

The resolutions, upon motion of Mr. McMullin, were ordered to be 
spread upon the Journal, and are as follows, viz : 

Joint resolutloDB ot the legislature ot LoulBlann Id relation to the further prcmecutloa o( 

Whereas tbe United States continues to wage war against tbe Confederste 
States with ruthless barbarity and nn ntter disregard of the rules of civilized 
warfare ; and 

Wbereus the despot who wields with oteolute iwwer the destinies of that 
Government has manifested In all bis messages and proclamations a malignant 
hatred of the people of tbe South, and a dlsi>asltion to heap insult upon injur; 
atid outrage ; and 

Whereas this course of conduc-t has strengthened us in our detoriul nation to 
maintain our separation from tbe Government and people of the North : 
Therefore, 

(1) Br it rcMlved hy the senate and house of reprrscnlatifcs of the State of 
Louisiana in iicncral assemWy convened. That tbe bsrharons manner In which 
our enemies buve' waged war against us deserves tbe execration of ail men. and 
has confirmed and strengthened us iu the detcrmlDutton to opi)ose to the last 
extremity a reunion with them, aud that the spirit of our people is unabated In 
tbe resolution to resist every attempt Ot their Bulijugatlon. 

(2) Be it further renohcd, etc.. That, relying ui)on tbe ability of our Chief 
MngiBtratc, tbe skill of our uiilitory leaders, tbe bravery of our soldiers, the 
heroic devotion of our women, tbe ardent potrlotlsm of our men, and. above all, 
upon the Justice of our cause. Invoking the blessing of Almighty God upon our 
efforts, we confldently abide the result 

(3) Be it further resolved, etc.. That In this hour of trial the State of r»ui- 
Blana tenders to her Government and sister States her warmest sympathy and 
cordial cooperation : and she hereby declares her unfaltering determination to 
spare no exiiense of blood or treasure in defense of the Confederate States of 
America as a free and Independent republic. 

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Is hereby, mjueeted to tranHmit copies of tbeee resolutions to our Senators and 
Bepresentatlvee In Congreea, and to tbe govemora o( our slater States. 

J. B. BLAM. 
Speaker of the Houte of Representative!. 

A. B. Isaacson, 

Clerk of the Bo«te of Representatttie*. 

Wm. F, WAoncB, 

Secretary of the Senate. 

Approved February 8, 1864. 

HENRY W. ALLEN. 
Governor of the State of Louisiana. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 

A bill (H. R. 9) " to organize a corps of scouts and signal guards 
to facilitate communication with the Trans-Mississippi Department." 

The bill was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed. 

Also, a bill " to amend 'An act to allow commissioned oiEcers of the 
Army rations and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the 
Quartermaster's Department,' approved February seventeenth, eight- 
een hundred and sixty- four ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee * 
on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Dupre introduced 

A bill " to provide for the settlement of claims for property ille- 
gally impressed in the Trans- Mississippi Department; 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

iVlso, a bill " to provide for the enrollment and conscription of cer- 
tain noncommissioned officers and privates in the Trans-Mississippi 
Department ; " which was read a first and second time and referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill " for the relief of James Wilson Dennett, assistant 
quartermaster of the Confederate States; " which was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, a joint resolution of the legislature of Louisiana relative to 
claims against the Confederate Government; which was referred to 
the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " malting appropriation to supply a deficiency in the appro- 
priation for the Department of Justice for the fiscal year ending the 
thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Barksdale also submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz: 

Hemtrea, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to inquire 
into the e]C|>edieacy of bo amending tbe fifth section of tbc net entitled "An act 
to levy additional taxes for the common defense aud support of the Govern- 
ment," approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, as to 
define more clearly tbe meaning of tlie fourth article of said auction and to 
provide more effectual means for the relief of tbe owners of such property as 
baa been injured or destroyed by the enemy or of the use of which tbey have 
been temporarily deprived by bis presence or proximity. 

Mr. Welsh submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 



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Mr. Welsh introduced 

A bill " to amend the law levying a tax in kind ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Chambers presented the memorial of Flag Officer Commodore 
Forrest, asserting a claim for coal for office use; which was referred 
to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Ramsay introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty- 
eighth Regiments of North Carolina troops; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, the joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and 
pas.sed unanimously. 

Mr, J, M. Leach submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted ; 
' Resolved, Tbat tlie Committee ou Ways auil Means lie Instructed to Inquire 
aud report, by bill or otlierwlse. Into tlie expeCleucy of mo aiueudlug the cur- 
rency act as to put tlie BveKlollar Treasury uotes heretofore issued on the same 
footing of the new Issues. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following preamble 
and resolution; which was adopted: 

Whereas doubts ore entertained as to the true Intent and meaning of the act 
entitled "An act to levy additional taxes for the common defense nnil su|i|>ort 
of the Goverunieut," approved February seveuteeuth, eighteen hundred aDd 
8lxty-four. In its application to the pn)[>erty of cor|x>ratlons, and whether Siiid 
act, besides Imposing a tax upon the shares of stockholders therein, does not 
again impose the tax upon the credits and property of the corporation Itself, 
In which consists the value of such shares, aud thereby levy a double tax: 

Resolved, Tbat the Committee on Ways aud Means be directed to Inquire 
whether any and what legislation la necessary in the premises, and to report 
by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Royce inti^duced 

A bill " to provide rations for the officers of the Army; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles presented the memorial of employees and detailed men at 
Columbia, S. C, asking increase of compensation ; which was referred 
to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, the memorial of Capt. R. Press, Smith, assistant (juartermas- 
ter, Twenty-seventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, praying 
n-lief for money stolen; whicli was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Also, a communication from Gen. C. II. Stevens, offering sugges- 
tions on the subject of officers' rations; which was referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a communication from Mrs. Sarah Porteous Chisolm, touch- 
ing the operation of the tax law on refugees; which was referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Murray introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Major-General N. B. Forrest and 
the officers and men under his command; " 



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wliich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Colyar introduced 

A bill (H. R. 18) " to levy additional taxes and to aid in carrying 
into effect the two laws passed on the seventeenth of February, eight- 
een hundred and sixty-four, one entitled 'An act to levy additional 
taxes for the common defense and support of the Government,' and 
the other entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a 
new is.sue of notes and bonds.' " 

The bill was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed, 

Mr. Atkins introduced 

A bill " to amend the act entitled 'An act to reduce tlie cun-eiicy 
and to authorize a new issue of note.^ and bonds,' ai^proved February 
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs he Instructed to Inquire and 
report upon the propriety of giving jtowcr to brlgadier-genernlB to coll courts- 
martial to try all privates and officerH under the srade of Beld offl(«rs. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Foreign Affnim be luHtmcted to Inquire 
Into the expediency of bringing In a bill providing rh etTeetually as pructimblc 
against the future possession uud enjoyment of tbe rights of cltlzcnsliiii by 
[ler^ons of foreign birth who shall have had no active partlclpancy In our 
present struggle for Independence at any time during the progrewi of the same. 

Also, the following resolution; which lies over two dftys under 
the rule: 

Rewlied. That hereafter all the proceedings of this House shall be In open 
sesBlon unless It be otherwise ordered by a vote of seven-eighths of tbe l>ody, or 
the subject under consideration be connected In some way with the movements 
of our armies In the field or the diplomatic concerns of the Confederate States, 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 
Resolved, Tbat the Committee on Illegnl Searches and Seizures, organized at 
tbe last session of this body, be brought into renewed e.vlstence by tlie ap[>olnt- 
ment of the Speaker, and be Invested with the same powers in nil respects iis tbe 
tormer committee of that character iK)ssessed, and all tlie unfinished business 
of the late committee aforesaid shall be transferred to tbat now proiKoed to be 
organized. 

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz : 
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
into the expediency of so amending tbe existing tan law as to exempt from taxa- 
tion property held exclnslvely for religious and benevolent puriMjses and where 
no Individual or private gain accrues from the proceeds or use thereof. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means Inquire luto the expe- 
diency — 

First Of Impressing by law an additional tenth of all products taxed In kind, 
to be paid for at assessment prices and to be collected by tbe agencies provided 
for the tax in kind. 

Second. Of prohibiting all Impressments except through tbe officers ctiarged 

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Also, the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 
RckoUtiI, Tbat tlie i'umuilttee on Military AITaira Inquire Into tbe ex[)e- 
dlemy of uUowliig ttic upiiolntRieut Into tbe Invalid Corps of ofH<H^rH wbu 
liave reHlinied from tlie Aruiy In oonsequeuce of ii^ruianent disability incurred 
in the Kervi<«: anil cf allowing tbe enllstuoiit luto aaiil ccrim of iinm-oiiuuln- 
floiied officers and privates who have been dlFicbarged from the wervlce for the 



Also, the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 
IlciolvctI, That the Dourkeeiver he directed to fui'iilHh to tbe i>ru|ier oIHeer of 
the Senate, for distribution In that body, copies of all lillis and nttier iiapers 
prlutccl for tbe use of the House, and that the Senate l>e reijue^ted to adopt a 
like rule lis to paiierw jirinted for liie line of the Senate. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 
Reiftlvr.ll. That the Committee on Ways and Jleaus lni]Ulrc into tbe ex[»e- 
dieuey of niuendlns the tux on wool. 

Mr. Baldwin also submitted the following ri'solution : 
ItCKolvcd, That the I>oorkeei>er lie autborlKcd to ai>i>oint an additional 
iiHMiatiint 

Mr, McMullin moved that the consideration of the resolution be 
postponed until to-inorrow. 

Tlie motion was lost, and the resolution of Mr. Baldwin was 
adopted. 

Mr. Staples submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz : 

RcMoircrf. That tbe Committee on Ways and Meaua Imiulre into the expediency 
of amending tlie tenth section, fourth paraKraph. of "An act to amend the act 
for the collection of taxes," so as to jirovide that the increased i>enalty therein 
prescrlt)e(f for a failure to deliver tiix In kind shall only apply to such ta\ In 
liind aa may \ye hereafter asBessed and collected. 

Mr. Staples also presented the memorial of Gen. G. Tochman, pray- 
ing relief for expenses incurred in raising the Polish Brigade, etc. ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Russell presented the memorial of the governor, treasurer, and 
auditor of Virginia, relative to Confederate Treasury notes held by 
the State ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 
and ordered to be )>rinted. 

Mr. Goode submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Rcnoh-cd. That the President lje requested to Infonn this House whetiier any 
Instructions have been Issued to Imprcsxlng officers and ageuta In addition to 
or different from those contained in General Ordern. numbered thirty, from the 
Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, hearing date March seventh, eighteen 
liuodred and sixty-four, and If so, tliat be l>e respectfully reijuested to couiniuiil- 
cate tbe same to thia House. 

Mr. ^Miitfield submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz : 

RcKoIvcd, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to inquire 
into tlie expediency of so amending tbe tax law as to iirovlde for the eiemp- 
Hoii of those sections of the Confederacj' which have lieen, or may hereafter lie, 
despoiled by the public enemy. 

Mr. Macwillie presented the memorial of Manuel and Rafael 
Armijo, praying relief for property taken by the military authorities; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 



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Mr. Boudinot introduced 

A bill " for the relief of the Cherokee Nation ; '" 
which was read a fii-st and second time and referred to the Committee 
ou Indian Affairs. 

On motion of Mr. IJoycc, 

The House adjourneci until to-morrow at 12 o'dock. 

THIRD DAY— WEDNESDAY, May 4, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

Several other members appeared, were sworn to supjiort the Con- 
stitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House, 
viz: 

From the State of — 
Ai^BAHA Francis S. Lyon. 

Mississippi William D. Holder, 

Virginia Frederick W. M. Holliday. 

Mr. Haiily submitted the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved. That the Coumlttec on Military Affairs be, and tliey are hereby. 
instructed to Inquire Into the ex[iedlency of re|iortlug a bill to tbis House ]iro- 
Tlding Tor the cousolidatlon of r<.>Kluiei]t3 reduced below the le^nil standard of 
numbent, .ind prescribing a rule by whicb NUlieninmoi-ary olllcers oocnsloiicd by 
such coDiiolldatlon may be equitably and fairly retired and dlsiioscd of. 

Mr. Rogers introduced 

A bill " supplemental to an act entitled 'An act to i-educe the cur- 
rency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds; ' " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following re.solution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Retolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire 
Into the espediency of amending the tax net of February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred nud sixty-four, so as to harmonize the (provisions of the (IrHt aod 
xecond sec'tlonH by cunfunuiug the basis of valuation of [>roi)erty embraced In 
the one to tbat embraced In the other, or If tliey shall deem this nnwlHe. to 
report the reasons why pro|>erty luentloned In the Hccond section should bo 
nssexsed on the banlR of ItH valuation in eighteen hundred and sisty-four, and 
that mentioned In the first section, on the basis of its valuation in eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty. 

Mr. Bell submitted the following i-esoiution; which was adopted: 

Whereas by the ninth clause of the ninth section, article first of the Constitu- 
tion of the Coufederate States, it Is made the duty of Congress to establish by 
law a tribunal for tlie Investigation of claims against the Government : and 

Whereas applications are made to Congress for the establishment and pay- 
uient of claims of various sorts, contrary to tlie true intent and meaning of 
said provision of tlie Constitution: Tlierefore. 

Retolved. That the Committee on the Judiciary be, and It la hereby, instructed 
to report a bill provldlnft for the twtabllsbment of a court to investigate the 
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Mr. Hartridge submitted the following resolution: 
Regolvcd, That the papers In reference to the t-lulm of George White, of Geor- 
g\a, referred to the Committee ou Claims nt the Inst session of Congresn, and not 
acted on, be witUdrawn aud referred to the Committee ou Claims of the present 
Congress; 

which was adopted. 
Mr. Blandford submitted the following resolution: 
flcaoired. That the Committee on Post-Offlcea aud Post-Roads be Instructed to 
Inquire Into the propriety of eHtablishiiig a |xist i-oute from Americus, in Sumter 
County, Georgia, by way of Ellaville. In Sc-hley County, and Buena Vista, In 
Marion County, to Geneva, lu Talbot County, and report by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Blandford introdnced 

A bill " to authorize persons who have been detailed to work for the 
Confederate States to receive the same rations as are allowed to sol- 
diers in the Army ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Akin submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to inquire into 
and rejKirt to this House us early aa practicable, what Icglslatlou, if any. is 
necessary to |>rovlde for the payment of officers appointed to tbe staff duties 
required of them without betng commissioned ; and that they report by bill or 
otherwise ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Akin also submitted the following resolution : 

Rcaohcd, That the Committee on Military Affairs art- liereby directed to 
hKiulre into the propriety of so amending the second section of an act eutitled 
'* An act to abotlsb aupet^umerary offices in the Comniissary and Quartermas- 
ter's Departments." approved the first day of May, eighteen hundred and sUty- 
three, as to give the rank and pay of second lieutenant to the uoncommlssloDed 
officer or private who is detailed to perform the office of comniissary-sergennt, 
and to allow him to draw forage for one liorae, and that they report, by bill or 
otherwise, as early as practicable. 

Mr. William E, Smith introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to fund, limit, and tax the 



on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide an invalid 
corps,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Read submitted the following i-esolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee ou Military Affairs be instructed to inrgulre Into 
the exi)edlenty of so nuieudlug the law retiring from servit* wotinded luid dis- 
abled soldiers (with their pay pro])er) so as to mnlte the provisions of said law 
apitly to i)ersonB so disabled and retired from the service before the i>assage of 
said law. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 

A bill " to continue in force the provisions of an act approved Jan- 
uary thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, increasing the com- 
pensation of certain officers and employees in the civil and legislative 
departments in Richmond; " 

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which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to amend the law levying additional taxes for the sup- 
port of the Government, approved February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four, so as to protect refugees from the enemy who 
have purchased property for their own use and not for speculation ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coimuittee 
on Ways and Moans. • 

Also, a bill " to provide a fund to be employed for the relief of dis- 
abled soldiers and seamen aft*'r Ihe termination of the existing war; '" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coimnittee 
on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide for trans- 
portation of persons who liave been mustered into tlie serviw, for the 
war,' approved February seventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, 
so as to allow the commutation provitfcd for the soldier who roenlisted 
lifter twelve months' service; " which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on the Commissary and Quartermas- 
ter's Departments. 

Also, a bill " to establish a bureau of foreign supplies in the War 
Department, with an agency in the Trans-Missis-sippi Department; " 
which was read a first and second time^ referred to tne Committee on 
Ways and'Means, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr, Smith of North Carolina submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Secretary of tlie Treasury l)e requewtwl to inform tUla 

First. Whether any demaada against the Oovernment. aHcertalne<l or accru- 
ing previous to the first day of April lust and [iresented for payment since, 
have been paid in Treasury notes of the old Issue rated nt the niuouiit ^eclficd 
on their face, or 

Second. In Treasury notes of the new Issue on condition of the abatement of 
one-third of the tlalui and the acceptance of two-thirds in satisfaction thereof. 

Third. And If so. under whose and what orders, and by what authority of 
law, such payments have beeu made and such notes of the old enilssiou been 
reissued since said date. 

Fourth. And if any such orders have been given, whether the same have been 
made applicable to claims made by the States as well as to those due indlvld- 

which was adopted. 
Mr. J, T. Leach submitted the following resolution : 
Retotved, That the President be requested to transmit to this House the 
number of officers and privates each State of the Confederacy has furnished, 
either by volunteering or under the conscript acta, the number that have been 
killed or have died of wounds receiver! avoa the battleHeld, the number that 
have died of disease, and the number now In the service of the Confederate 
Govemoient ; also the number of deserters froni each State ; 

which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow presented a communication from Capt. Samuel C. 
Means, of the Commissary Department, upon the pre.sent system of 
impressments; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 

Mr. Simpson submitted the following resolution: 

Rewlved. That it he referred to the CoDimlttee on Military Affairs to Inquire 
and report n-hat relief. If any. should be alForded to those persons who. by the 
payment of Ave hundred dollars Into the Treasury, olitalnnl eicemption from 
military service for their overseers for twelve months, and whose overseers 
have subsequently, and before the expiration of the twelve months, been called 



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which was adopted, 

Mr, Miles introduced 

A bill *' to amend an act entitled 'An act to continue in force an act 
entitled "An act to provide for the compensation of certain persons 
therein named," approved May first, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
three,' approved Januatj sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Also, a "bill " to autliorize the appointment of commissaries for 
regiments of cavalry; " which was read a first and. second time and 
referred to tlie Committee on Military Aifairs. 

Mr, Miles submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. Tliat the Committee on Military AfTnlra he iustructed to Iniialre 
Into tb« exiiedleiie)' of autltorizliig tiy liiw tbe appointment of iiutirtermaBters 
iinil <>oiDiiiiS9nries fur divlslous and iirmy curi's: 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Menees presented the memorial of Charles W. Wilkinson, ask- 
ing compensation for services as drillmaster; which was referred to 
the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Swan submitted the following resolution : 

Regoh-ed. That it would b« liiexft^leut to \n\>m any act placing flve-dtfliar 
notes of the old Issue on an eciuiillty wltb Treanury note8 of the new Issue. - 

Mr. J. M. Leach moved that the resolution be referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
Which wei-e ordered, 

I Yeas 33 

And are recorded as follows, viz: -j «„„„ is 

Yeas: Anderson, Baldwin, Bell, Branch, Burnett, Conrad, Cruik- 
shank, Dickinson, Farrow, Footc, Fuller, (Jaither, A. H. Garland, 
(iilmer, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Johnston, I^mkin, J. M. Leach, 
J, T, Leach, Lt^ter, Lifgan, Marshall, Menees, Montague, Ramsay, 
Rives, Rogers, Shewmake, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Triplett, and 
Turner. 

Nays: Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Bovce, Bradley, Eli 
M. Bruw, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, CKrisman, Clopton, 
Colyar, De Jarnette, Dupre, Echols, Fnnsten, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, 
Heiskell, Holliday, Keeble, Lyon, Machen. McCalluni, McMuHin, 
Miles, Miller, Moore. Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, ReaJ, Russell, 
Sexton, Simpson, J, M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Villere, 
AVelsh, and NVhitfield. 

So the motion to refer was lost. 

The question recurring on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered, 

And are recorded a.s follows, viz: ] v^^^ I 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson. Atkins, Baldwin, Barksdale, Blandfonl, 
Boyoc. Bradley. Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Cham- 
Imts, Chilton. Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshimk, De 
,7aniettc, Dickinson, Dupre, Lchols. Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Fnnslen, 



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Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiakell, 
}Iilton, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McCalliim, 
McMuUin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, 
Perkins, Pugh, Read, Kives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shewiiiake, 
Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E, Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Staples, Swan, Turner, Villere, Welsh, and AMiitfield, 

Nays: Bell, Gilmer, Johnston, J, M, Ijeach, J, T. Leach, Logan, 
Ramsay, and Triplett. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Sexton introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the Army of 
Northern Virginia ; " 
which was read a 6rst and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, the joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and 
passed unanimously. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Treas- 
urer of the Confederate States relative to the pay of members; 
which was referred to the Committee on Pay and Mileage. 

Mr. Sexton introduced 

A bill " to allow commissioned officers of the Army to purchase 
rations; " 

which was read a first und second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Seston also presented a joint resolution of the l^islature of 
Texas in regard to the purchasing of beeves and other Government 
Fdpplies in Texas by the Messrs, Payne & Co., on Government ac- 
count, with counterfeit Confederate money; which was referred to 
the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Also, a joint re.solution of the legislature of Texas in relation to 
the war; which was laid upon the taole and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Rus-sell intrwluced 

A bill " to provide means for the needful expenditures of the 
Government without increasing the amount of Treasury notes;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conmiittee 
on Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr, Gholson presented the memorial of H. D, Taliaferro and 
others, asking a repeal or modification of the act of 15th February. 
1HC4, entitled "An act to allow commissioned officers rations ; " which 
was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Goode introduced 

A bill " to provide for the payment of horses killed, captured, lost, 
or permanently disabled in the Confederate States service; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Deparfanents. 

Mr. Goode submitted the following resolution: 

Remltcd, That the Commitlee on Mllltnry Affnlrti he Instructed to Inquire 
Into tlie expediency of so omGudliig the net entitled "An act to orgnulze forces 
to Bene during the war," approved Ffliniary seventoenth. elglitppn hiin<treil 
and Hlxty-fuur. as to exempt from military Berrlee such State olhcers as uiiiy 
he exempted by State law ; 

which was adopted. 
And the House, on motion of Mr. Read, 
Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow, DigiizedbyCiOOQle 



JOUBNAL OF THE [M«y B, 18W. 

FOURTH DAY— THURSDAY, Mat 5, 1864. 



The House met mirsuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

Mr. James H, Witherspoon, member from South Carolina, ap- 
peared, was sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate 
States, and took his seat in the House, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary, as follows, viz : 

Mr. fipeal-er: The Senate have paflsed joint resolntloiia at the following titles, 
viz: 

S. 1. Joint resolution of thankti to MaJor-GeDenil Hoke and Coiumander 
Cooke aod the olhoerH aod men under their commaad for the brilliant vltrtorj- 
over the enemy at Plymouth, N. C. ; and 

S. 2. Joint resolution ot thanks to General Finnan and the offlcers and men 
or hin coiiiiuand : 

In wliieh I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution: 

Reaolred, That this House proceed to draw for seatM. and that In drawing the 
Clerk will jmt in the Ixix the nunihera of the ConsrcKslonal districts, respectively, 
in Missouri, and such numbers when drawn shall retiresent the seata of the 
members from such districts, respectively ; 

which was adopted. 

In pursuance of said resolution, the House proceeded to draw for 
seats, with the following result: 



27 Akin. 

fiS Anderson. 

53 Atkins. 

31 Ayer. 

33 Baldwin. 
104 Barksdale. 

58 Batson. 

18 Baylor. 

09 Bell, 

88 Blandford. 

13 Boudinot. 
120 Boyce. 

65 Bradley, 
119 Branch. 

99 Bridgers. 

115 Bruce, Eli M. 

39 Bruce, Horatio W. 

73 Burnett. 
37 Chambers. 
45 Chilton. 
72 Chrisman. 

74 Ciopton. 
94 Cobb. 
6+ Colyar. 
71 Conrad. 

35 Cruiksliank. 

116 De Jamette. 
114 Dickinson. 



55 Dupi-e. 
28 Echols. 
83 Elliott. 
17 Ewing. 
110 Farrow. 
62 Foote. 

23 Foster. 
44 Fuller. 
49 Funsten. 
43 Gaither. 

101 Garland, Augustus H. 
92 Garland, Rufua K. 
66 (iholson. 
46 Gilmer. 
70 (xoode. 
54 Hanly. 

14 Hart ridge. 
30 Heiskell. 

77 Herbert, 
113 Hilton. 
108 Hodge. 

80 Holder. 

24 Holliday. 
103 Jones. 
112 Johnston. 

15 Keeble. 

16 Kenner. 

78 Lamkin. 



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84 Jjeach, James M. 20 Rives, 
79 Leach, James T. 41 Rogers. 

67 Lester. 50 Russell. 
93 Lt^n. »8 Sexton. 

59 Lyon, 95 Shewmake. 

48 Machen. 26 Simpson. 

38 Marshall. 19 Singleton. 

102 McCallum. 90 Smith, James M. 

34 McMuUin. 91 Smith, William E. 

121 Macwillie. 61 Smith, William N. H. 

118 Menees. 75 Smith, WiUiam R. 

.87 Miles. 66 Staples. 

85 Miller. 32 Swan. 
HI Montague. 80 Triplett. 

40 Moore. 42 Turner. 

29 Morgan. 47 Viller^. 

107 Murray. 57 Welsh. 

68 Orr. 96 Whitfield. 
97 Perkins. 117 Wickham. 
81 Pugh. 60 Witherspoon. 

100 Ramsay. 22 Wright. 

36 Read. 

Missouri : First district, 51 ; Second district, 89 ; Third district, 82 ; 
Fourth district, 122; Fifth district, 25; Sixth district, 52; Seventh 
district, 106. 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A bill " to continue in force an act to increase the compensation of 
certain civil officers and employees in the President's office and in the 
executive and legislative departments at Richmond for a limited 
period, approved January tifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four." 

Mr. Chilton moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred to a committee; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following amendment : 

Add the following ne qd lodependeDt section : 

"Sec. 2. That the iirovlalous of the net hereby contluued In force shall be 
extended to the clerk of the board of oonimlsslonen under the sequestration 
art;" 
which was agreed to. 

Mr. Chilton moved to amend the bill by inserting after the word 
" Richmond " the words " and Columbia, South Carolina ; " which 
was agreed to. 

Mr. Read moved to amend the bill by striking out the words " Rich- 
mond and Columbia, South Carolina ; " which was not agreed to. 

Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote by which his amendment 
was agreed to. 

The motion prevailed, and Mr. Chilton withdrew his amendment 
by unanimous consent. 

On motion of Mr, Marshall, the bill and amendment were referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Clopton submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved. That the Committee on the Qiiarterni aster's and Commissary De- 
partments be instructed to Inquire whether any leglshttlon is net-eswary— 

1. To secure n correct retni-n of nil tlie pi-operty luiiiressed and to jirevent n 
fraudulent use thereof by tiie imiirenslng officer. 



26 JOURNAL OF THE [Mny r.. 1S04. 

2. To cbargc liupresaiog officers wltb the full qnantltj' and rnhie of tlie jMir- 
liFulnr property liupr«>8B«d. so nei to .bold tbeui to a strict bIiowImr tbat it bas 
been delivered to the proper officers and for the purposes for wbleb Impressed. 

3. To compel quartermasters and commissaries wbo may receive Impressed 
property Troiu Impressing officers to render a correct account of tbe same ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Dickinson presented the petition of sundry citizens of Mobile, 
praying certain modifications and amendments of the tax laws; 
which was referred to the Committee on "Ways and Means, 

Mr. Cruikshank presented the memorial of John McGiiire, assert- 
ing a claim for horses impressed; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Claims. 

Mr. A. H. Garland introduced 

A bill " to provide for the investigation and settlement of the trans- 
actions and accounts of quartermasters, commissaries, contractors, 
and other Bnancial and disbursing officers, agents, and employees of 
the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Also, a bill " to organize the Supreme Court of the Confe^lerate 
States^ " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Hilton moved that the papers of Walker Anderson be with- 
drawn from the files and referred to the Committee on Claims. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution : 

Rcolved, Tbnt It be referred to tbe Committee on Ways and Means to Inquire 
Into tbe necessity and propriety of Increnslag tbe couiitensatlon of tbe district 
collectors of tbe Confederate taxes ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr, Dupre introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act for the relief of ta-^payers 
in certain cases,' approved thirteenth February, eightwn hundred 
and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr, Perkins introduced 

A bill " to provide for placing in the military service of the Con- 
federate States citizens of the United States residing or sojourning 
within the limits of the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

On motion of Mr. Perkins, the bill "to provide a fund to be em- 
ployed for the relief of disabled soldiers and seamen after the 
termination of the existing war," introduced by him yesterday, was 
ordered to be printed. 

Mr, Orr presented the claim of Samuel Miller, of Yalobusha 
County, Miss., for property destroyed by General Rust's command. 
General Waul's (Texas) Legion, and General Jackson's cavalry; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims, 

Also, the claim of Weldon E, Persons, of Yalobusha County, Miss., 
for property destroyed by soldiers of the Confederate States Army; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 



M«y 6. 1864.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 27 

Mr. Orr also introduced 

A bill " to strengthen the Army, discourage Kpeculation, and pro- 
tect; the currency ; 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Fuller submitted the following resolution: 

Rexolveii. That tbe Committee on tbe Judlolary'be Inxtructed to iDqnire and 
rpport whether by requlrlnic the opinion of the Attorney -General to be Riveit, 
by tbe establlshnieut of n txHird of conHtnictlon, or by any <ither means, greater 
a<vnra<-y and uulfornilty may not be obtained In the construction and admin- 
istration of the tithe and tax lawa of Congress ; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Resoh-ed, Thnt the Committee on Waye and Means l>e Instructed to Inquire 
and rejwrt by bill or otherwise — 

1. Whether the act of eeventeeiith February, eigbteen hundred and eluty- 
four. exacting the Bvefold penalty, applies to the crop of elgliteen hundred and 
sixty-three. 

2. If Bo, n'hether the benefits secured to planters by the said act of eighteen 
hundred and nlxty-four likewise apply to tbe crop of eighteen hundred and sixty- 
three, and If not, why not? 

3. Whetber tbe tithe Jaw should not b^ so amended as to provide that when 
a person can not pay the tithe without absolute want In his family produced 
thereby, be may pay the nelghtxtrbood price Instead of the titbe ; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Reaolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
and r^»rt by bill or otherwise whether other and further l^lslatlon la not 
required to secure the more speedy jtayment of the amounts due deceased 
soldiers to their representatives ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. J. T. Leach submitted the following resolution : 

Regolved. That the tithing law be so amended as to exempt soldiers' families 

from the payment of the tithes when there Is not more than is necessary for 

tbe comfortable supiwrt of the family; 

which, on motion of- Mr. Conrad, was referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Also, the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
into the expediency of permitting persons belonging to the cavpilry arm of the 
iwrvice of tbe Confmlerate Government the right of purchasing rations for 
tlielr servsnts from the Governniciit at such prices as may be fixed by tbe 
proper authorities; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Logan introduced 

A bill to protect citizens of the Confederate States from unjust 
and illegal impressments; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Farrow presented the memorial of the officers and men of 
Company K, Twenty-seventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, 
praying relief from certain orders from the War Department dis- 
banding their company; which was referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

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28 JOURNAL OF THE tMaj S, 1864. 

Mr. Farrow introduced 

A bill " to legalize the organizing of Company K, of the Twenty- 
seventh fiegiment South Carolina Volunteers; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That tbe President be, and he la hereby, requested, If not Incooi- 
liutible wltb the public interest, to communicate to tbiR House bj what autlior- 
Ity and under whose orders Company K of the Twenty-seventh Regiment South 
Carolina Volunteers was organized: also copies of all orders and papers which 
may be on file In the Adjutant-General's Office relating to tbe organlzliw or 
disbanding of said company ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Farrow mtroduced ' 

A bill " to legalize certain companies of the Palmetto Battalion of 
Light Artillery, of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and 
Florida ; " 

'which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved. That tbe President be, and he is hereby, respectfully requested to 
communicate to this House, if not Incompatible witb the public interest, a 
statement of tbe date of organization of the Palmetto Battalion of Light Artillerr 
in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, with tbe date of the 
organisation of each couiiiany composing said battalion; alsu by what authority 
and under whose orders said companies were orKnnized ; also copies of all 
orders commanding ttie disbanding of said companies or any of them ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Farrow presented the memorial of officers of the infantry por- 
tion of the Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, praying a 
severance from the cavalry portion of said command; which was 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow introduced 

A bill " to authorize the Secretary of War to separate the infantry 
from the cavalry portion of the Holcombe Legion, South Carolina 
Volunteers ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the President be, and be is hereby, requested to conusunicate 
to tills House, If not Incompatible witb tbe public interest, whether tbe cavalry 
and artillery portions of tbe Holcombe Legion of South Carolina Volunteers 
are now serving together or separate; if separate, bow long have they been no 
separated, and for what reason tbey were separated ; and whether there exist 
any commands in tbe Confederate Army now doing dut^ under legionary 
organization ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Sexton submitted the following resolution ; 

Resolved, That tlie papers in tbe case of tbe claim of C. J. Field be with- 
drawn from tbe dies, upon leaving copies thereof, and referred to the Committee 
on Claims; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Rives presented the memorial of a convention of banks of 
Virginia and North Carolina, at Richmond, May 2, 1864; which was 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Montague presented the memorial of F. W. Bass, asking for 



May 5. 18W.] HOUSE OP HEPRESENTATIVES. 29 

(he reissue of certain coupon bonds destroyed by fire; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims, 

Mr. Montague submitted the following resolution : 
Wbercos it la represented that tlie soldiers of the Confederate States recently 
re<*lved na paroled priaonera from the enemy have In tlielr poesesalon consider- 
able amouats of Confederate Stateu Treasury notes, wblch they, In consequence 
of their Imprisonment, could not fund on or before the flrst of April last: 
Tberefore, 

Be it rejoiced. That the Committee on Ways and Means Inquire what legisla- 
tion. If any. Is neceeeary to secure these soldiers RKalnst the loss of one-tUIrd of 
the value of tbe said notes, and report by hill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on tbe Judiciary Inquire what further l^lsla- 
tlon Is necessary to secure payment to the owners of slaves iraprrased by the 
Confederate auttjorltles, or under State laws for the use of the Confederate 
OoveromMit, and who, while In the employ of the Governmeat, have eloped to 
the enemy, or died, or contracted diseases which have, after their discharge, 
resulted fatally ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That tbe Committee on tbe Judiciary Inquire Into the expediency of 
Increasing the compensation of marshals and of Jurors and witnesses In the 
Confederate courts; 

which was adopted. ' 

Mr. Miller submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Jadlclnry be Instructed to inquire Into 
tbe expediency of repealing ao net passed by the Provisional Congress of the 
Confederate States, approved February tweiity-Bfth, eighteen hundred and 
ality-one. entitled "An act to declare and eBtahllah the free navigation of the 
Hlsalsslppl River." or so much thereof as declares the navigation of the Missis- 
sippi River free to the citizens of any of tbe States upon Its borders, or upon 
the borders of any of Its tributaries, and report to this House Its action; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Funsten presented the petition of Charles E. Stuart and other 
patentees for compensatioD for an invention now in use in the Ord- 
nance Department of the Confederate States; which, on motion, was 
referred to a special committee of three, to be appointed by the Chair. 

Mr, Boudinot submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That one hundred and five copies of the acts ond resolutions of tbe 
ProTlsIonal Congress, and treaties, with tbe table of contents, be bound by tbe 
Public Printer In pamphlet form, and furnished to tbe House of Representatives 
for the use of Its Members and Delegates, out of tbe three thousand copies 
required to be printed and published by the act of August fifth, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-one; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Foote called up the resolution submitted by him on Tuesday 
last to change a rule of the House ; which, by unanimous consent, he 
modified so as to make it read as follows, viz : 

Resolved, That hereafter all the proceedings of this House shall be In open 
session unless tt be otherwise ordered by a vote of two-tblrds of the body, or the 
subject nnder consideration be connected In some way with the movements of 
our armies in ttie field or tbe dl[>lomatIc concerns of tbe Confederate States. 

Mr, Perkins moved that it be referred to the Committee on Rules 
and Officers of the House. 
Pending which, „=,„„GoO<;lc 



The House, on motion of Mr. Garland, adjourned. 



JOURNAL OF THE (May 6. leW. 

FIJTH DAY— FRIDAY, M.o- C, UU. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by the Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

On motion of Mr. Colyar, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Atkins (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

The Hon. Thos. J. Foster, member from Alabama, appeared, was 
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and 
took his seat in the House. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent ; which was read as follows, viz : 

RicHUOND, Mav 5, I86i. 
To the Senate and Hou»e of Represenlalives : 

I berewlth transmit for your conalderatiou two commuiilcatlonn from the Secre- 
tary of tbe Treasury, submitting estimates of additional appro print Ions required 
for tbe support of tbe Uoveruuent. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered 
to be printed. 
Also, the following communication from the President: - 

Richmond. Mav i. 1364. 
To Ike Senate and House of Rcpregenlalivea: 

I berewltb transmit a conimunicatlou from the Secretary of tbe N'avy, and 
invite your attention to bis request for an early consideration of it. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS, 
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate " joint resolution of thanks (S. 1) to Major-General 
Hoke and Commander Cooke and the officers and men under their 
command for the brilliant victory over the enemy at Plymouth, 
North Carolina;" which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate "joint resolution (S. 2) of thanks to General Fin- 
egan and the officers and men of his command ; " which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the Standing Committee 
on Pay and Mileage as follows, viz: 

Mr. Bnmett of Kentucky, Mr. Hanly of Arkansas, and Mr. Echols 
of Georgia. 

Mr. Gilmer submitted the following resolution : 

Rciolrcd, Ttiat it bQ referred to the Committee on Ways and Means to inquire 
Into tbe propriety of bo auiendlnK the iaw as to conSue tlie penalty of Hve hun- 
dred per cent for tlie nondelivery of tithes to such articles hb by law were 
required to be delivered after the passage of tbe law creating such penalty ; and 
that they report by bill or otherwise ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr, Hartridge presented the memorial of the banking institutions 
of the city of Savannah, Ga,, on the subject of the tax act of Febru- 
ary 17, 1864; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means. 



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Ua; 8. I8»4.J HOUSE OF REPBESEHTATIVES. 31 

A. message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

ilr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill of the following title, viz: 

S. 8. An net to appropriate money for the payment of certain printing done 
b.v the autbority of Congress ; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Russell presented the petition of William S. Thaw, clerk of 
the military court of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, 
asking for increase of compensation ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. H. W, Bruce submitted the following resolution: 



which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Officers of the 
House. 

Mr. Conrad presented the memorial of the Virginia Volunteer Navy 
Company, praying for exemption from taxation ; which was referred 
to tlie Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, the memorial of the Virginia Volunteer Navy Company, 
praying for officers and men; which was referred to the Committee 
on Naval Affairs. 

The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished busi- 
nes.s of yesterday; which was the resolution of Mr. Foote to change 
the rule of the House relating to secret sessions. 

The question being on the motion of Mr. Perkins to refer the reso- 
lution to the Committee on Rules and Officers of the House, 

Mr. Heiskell called the question; which was ordered, and the 
motion to refer prevailed. 

Mr. Hanly intix)duced 

A bill " providing for the consolidation of regiments reduced below 
the legal standard of numbers, and prescribing the manner in which 
supernumerary officers may be retired; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. A. H. Garland introduced 

A bill " to establish the court for the investigation of .claims against 
the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed. 

Sir. Hilton introduced 

A bill " to increase the rank and pay of adjutants of regiments and 
independent battalions; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Lester introduced 

A bill '• to amend the law of the Confederate States regulating 
impressments; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Bell introduced 

A bill " to compensate the owners of slaves in certain cases therein 
mentioned ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 



oa JOUBNAL OF THE [May 6, 1884. 

Mr. Anderson submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That It be referred to the CoDimlttee on Ways and Means to Inquire 
lato the expediency of [irovidlng by law that when otDcers and soldiers In tbe 
lullltary service of the Confederate States hare been paid off between the seven- 
teenth day of February and the first day of April, eighteen hundred and slsty- 
four. In Treasury notes of a higher denomination than Ave dollars, or since the 
said first day of April In Treasur? notes of the old Issue of the denomination of 
fire dollars, such officer and soldier shall be entitled to receive in the new eur- 
rency an amount equal to one-third of the seme so paid them, and that said 
committee report by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas an impartial publication of the debates in Congress, stating accu- 
rately their legislative measures and the reasons urged for and against them, Is 
a desirable object. Inasmuch as it may aid the Executive In administering the 
Government, the judiciary in expounding the laws, tbe governors and citizens 
in the several States In forming a judgment of the conduct of their Representa- 
tives, and Congress themselves lu reversing and amending tbeir legislative pro- 
ceedings; and 

Whereas from the want of pro|)er arrangements such publication has not 
1>een accomplished; 

Reaolverl, That a committee of five memlwrs be appointed hy the Speaker to 
inquire and rejKirt if suitable itersous. sl^llied in stenography. <^n be secured to 
make accurate and liiipartial reiM>rtg of the subjects submitted to the considera- 
tion of this House, and the debates thereon ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Chambers introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to regulate impressments,' 
approved March twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and 
an act amendatory thereof, approved February sixteenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
Military Aflfairs, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Orr introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to increase the efficiency 
of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain 
capacities,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four, ana to repeal an act for the enlistment of cooks in the 
Army, approved April twenty-first, eighteen himdred and sixty- 
two ; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February 
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the CommittoB 
on Wavs and Means and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the papers relating to the claim of Mrs. M. A. Rice be allowed 
to be withdrawn from the flleo of this House and referred to tbe Committee 
on Claims ; 

which was adopted. 
Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution : 
Resolved, That It be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means to Inquire 

into and re|)prt upon the propriety of authorizing tiie sale of so much of the 



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tax In kind bb may be necessary for the support of tbe famlltes of soldiers and 
the necessitous nonproducer; tbe same to be sold at tbe prices fixed by tbe 
<'(»nmlssioDerB under tbe Impressment ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Foote presented the memorial of N. Carroll, military and civil 
nngineer, touching the defenses of Richmond ; which was referred to 
(he Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a communication from Beverly Kennon relative to prize 
■ money ; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Mr. Heiskell introduced 

A bill " to provide for holding elections in case of vacancy in the 
representation of any State in the Congress of the Confederate 
States;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Also, " a bill to amend an act to provide for holding elections of 
Representatives in the Congress of tne Confederate States from the 
State of Tennessee ; " which was read first and second times and re- 
ferred to the Committee on Elections. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to reconsider the vote by which 
the bill introduced by Mr. Heiskell, " to provide for holding elections 
in ca-se of vacancy in the representation of any State in the Congress 
of the Confederate States, was referred to the Committee on the 
Judiciary. 

The motion prevailed. 

The miestion being on the motion to refer the bill to the Committee 
on the Judiciary, 

It was decided in the negative, and, on motion of Mr. Smith of 
North Carolina, it was referred to the Committee on Elections. 

Mr. Foote moved that a special committee of three be appointed 
to confer with the executive of the State of Virpnia, for the purpose 
of securing exemptions from service in the State militia [for] a suf- 
ficient number of printers to do the necessary printing of Congress. 

The motion prevailed, and 

The Chair appointed Messrs. Foote of Tennessee, Baldwin of Vir- 
ginia, and Chambers of Mississippi. 

Mr. Baldwin introduced 

A bill " to establish a department of inspection ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to tlie Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Montague introduced the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instruL-ted to inquire 
Into and report upoo tbe expedleno* of exempting and rcleaslutc from Import 
dmics machinery and material fur repairing the same Imported during tbe 
existing war by railroad companies ; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution: 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
and report what aineiidnients. if any. should be made to tbe act to levy addl- 
tluoal taxes for the coiniiion defeiiRe and support of the Government, passed 
February seventeentb. elgbteen hundred and nlxty-four. in relation to tlie 
taxes Imposed u[>on tlie prui>erty and stoclv of raltrond companies ; 

which was adopted, 

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Mr. Staples submitted the following resolution: 

Retolved, That the Committee od MEtltary Affairs loqnlre Into the expedieDcj' 
of reporting a bill so amending the act entitled '"An act to provide an loTallU 
corps." BO as to embrace wftliin tbe proTlsione of said act oftleeni and prfvates 
who have heretofore realgned or been dlschaitted from tbe service in conse- 
qaence of wounds received or disease contracted in tlie service of tbe Confed- 
erate States; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of Thop. North Middleton, 
praying relief for moneys charged against him as acting quarter- 
maKter, but not actually drawn from the Treasury ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims, without being read. 

Mr. Funsten introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize military 
courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States in the field, and 
to define the powers of said courts; ' " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill " to amend an act to allow commissioned officers of the 
Army rations and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the 
Quartermaster's Department, api)roved February seventeenth, eight- 
een hundred and sixty-four ; " which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Funsten moved that the rules be suspended requiring; the bill 
to be referred to a committee ; which motion was lost, and the bill 
was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication of Oeo. P. 
Evans, asserting a claim for printing for a committee; which was 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 8) " to appropriate money for the payment 
of c«rtain printing done by the authority of Congress; " wnich, on 
motion of Mr. Heiskell, was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Foote, from the committee to wait upon the governor of Vir- 
ginia, reported that the committee had performed their duty, and 
that the governor had informed them that he had already made 
arrangements to exempt the printers for the purpose indicated. 

Ana the House, on motion of Mr. Russel!, adjourned. 

SIXTH DAY— SATURDAY, Mav 7, 1864. 

OPEN SESaiON. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Eev. Dr. Duncan. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the standing committees 
of the House as follows: 

J. Elections, 

1. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina, 
ii. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee. 

3. Mr. Miller of Virginia. 

4. Mr. Chrisman of Kentuckv. 

5. Mr. Hilton of Florida. 



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ti. Mr. Sunpson of South Carolina. 

7. Mr. Holder of Mississippi. 

8. Mr. Branch of Texas. 

9. Mr. Bell of Georgia. 

a;. Ways and Means. 

1. Mr. Lyon of Alabama. 

2. Mr. Baldwin of Vir^nia. 

3. Mr. Conrad of Louisiana. 

4. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina. 

5. Mr. Barksdale of Mississippi. 

6. Mr. E. M. Bruce of Keatuc^. 
V. Mr. Sexton of Texas. 

8. Mr. Colyar of Tennessee. 

9. Mr. Anderson of Georgia. 

3. Military Affairs. 

1. Mr. Miles of South Carolina. 

2. Mr. Pugh of Alabama. 

3. Mr. Marshall of Kentucky. 

4. Mr. Chambers of Mississippi. 

5. Mr. Hilton of Florida. 

6. Mr. Swan of Tennessee. 

7. Mr. Staples of Virginia. 

8. Mr. Bridgers of North Carolina. 

9. Mr. Viller£ of Louisiana. 
10. Mr. Hknly of Arkansas. 

a. Mr. J. M. Smith of Georgia. 
12. Mr. Branch of Texas. 

4. Foreign Affairs. 

1. Mr. Rives of Virginia. 

2. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana. 
8, Mr. Foote of Tennessee. 

4. Mr. W. B. Smith of Alabama. 

5. Mr. De Jamette of Virginia. 

6. Mr. H. W. Bruce of Kentucky. 

7. Mr. Orr of Mississippi. 

8. Mr. Turner of North Carolina. 

9. Mr. Witherspoon of South Carolina. 

5. Naval Affairs, 

1. Mr. Boyce of South Carolina. 

2. Mr. Clopton of Alabama. 

3. Mr. Funsten of Virginia. 

4. Mr. Shewmake of Georgia. 

5. Mr. Wright of Tennessee. 

6. Mr. Ramsay of North Carolina. 
T. Mr. Roeers of Florida. 

8. Mr. Holder of Mississippi. ., , ,, C■,(^(^a\c 

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G. Judiciary. 

X. Mr. Russell of Virginia. 

2. Mr.'Chilton of Alabama. 

3. Mr, A. H. Garland of Arkansas. 

4. Mr, Moore of Kentucky. 

5. Mr. Gaither of North Carolina. 

6. Mr, Keeble of Tennes-see. 

7. Mr. Blandford of Georgia. ' 

8. Mr. Gbolson of Virginia. 

9. Mr. DuprS of Louisiana. 



1. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi. 

2. Mr. Johnston of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina. 

4. Mr. Sliewmake of Georgia. 

5. Mr. McCallum of Tenne.s.see, 

8. Rules and O^cera of the House. 

1. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana. 

2. Mr. Montague of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Smith of North Carolina. 

4. Mr. Chilton of Alabama. 

5. Mr. Lester of Georgia. 



. Pay and Mileage. 



1. Mr, Burnett of Kentucky. 

2. Mr. Hanlv of Arkansas. 

3. Mr. Echols of Georgia, 



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1. Mr. Dupre of Louisiana. 

2. Mr, Goode of Virginia. 

3. Mr, Cruikshank of Alabama. 

4. Mr. Logan of North Carolina, 

5. Mr, Swan of Tennessee. 



11. Public Buildings. 



1. Mr, McMullin of Virginia. 

2. Mr. Pugh of Alabama. 

3. Mr. Conrad of Louisiana. 



13. Flag and Seal. 



1. Mr. Chilton of Alaliania. 

2. Mr. Rives of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Chambers of Mississippi. 



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13. Medifal Department. 

1. Mr. Clopton of Alabama. 

2. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina. 

3. Mr. Read of Kentucky. 

4. Mr. Menees of Tennessee. 

5. Mr. DeJamette of Virginia. 

(i. Mr. Ramsay of North Carolina. 

7. Mr. Echols of Georgia. 

8. Mr. Holder of Mississippi. 

9. Mr. McCallum of Tennessee. 

H- Quartermaster' 8 and Commissary Departments. 

1. Mr. Machen of Kentucky. 

2. Mr. Johnston of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Foote of Tennessee. 

4. Mr. Lester of Georgia. 

5. Mr. J. M. Leach of North Carolina, 

6. Mr. Orr of Mississippi. 

7. Mr. Simpson of South Carolina. 

8. Mr. Read of Kentucky. 

9. Mr. Holliday of Virginia. 

15. Ordnance and Ordnance Stores. 

1. Mr, Atkins of Tennessee. 

2. Mr. Montague of Virginia. 

3. Mr. W. E. Smith of Georgia. 

4. Mr. Barksdale of Mississippi. 

5. Mr. Cruikshank of Alabama. 

0. Mr. Witherspoon of South Carolina. 

7. Mr, Logan of North Carolina. 

8. Mr. Bradley of Kentucky. 

9. Mr. Murray of Tennessee. 

IG. Enrolled Billa. 

1. Mr. Cruikshank of Alabama. 

2. Mr. Rogers of Florida. 

3. Mr, Fufler of North Carolina. 



1. Mr. Hartridge of Georgia. 

2. Mr. Goode of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Burnett of Kentucky. 

4. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina, 
.*>. Mr. Lamkin of Mississippi. 

R. Mr. Dickinson of Alabama. 

7. Mr. Fuller of North Carolina. 

8. Mr. Atkins of Tennessee, 

9. Mr. Perking of Ijouisiana. 

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18. Post-O^ces and Poat-Roada. 

1. Mr. Sexton of Texas. 

2. Mr. McMullin of Virginia. 

3. Mr, Witherspoon of ^uth Carolina. 

4. Mr. Foster of Alabama. 

5. Mr. Lamkin of Mississippi. 

6. Mr. Bradley of Kentucky. 

7. Mr. J. T. Leach of Nortli Carolina. 

8. Mr. McCallum of Tennessee. 

9. Mr. Bell of Georgia. 

19. Territories and Public Landa. 

1. Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas. 

2. Mr. McMullin of Virginia. 

3. Mr. Menees of Tennessee. 

4. Irlr. Foster of Alabama. 
6. Mr. Branch of Texas. 

6. Mr. Chrisman of Kentucky. 

7. Mr. Hilton of Florida. 

8. Mr. J. T. Leach of North Carolina. 

9. Mr. W. E. Smith of Georgia. 

SO. Indian Affairs. 

1. Mr. Singleton of Mississippi. 

2. Mr. Hanly of Arkansas. 

3. Mr. Miller of Virginia. 

4. Mr. Foster of Alaoama. 
ft. Mr. Murray of Tennessee. 

6. Mr. Chrisman of Kentucky. 

7. Mr. Turner of North Carolina. 

8. Mr. Echols of Georgia. 

9. Mr. Rogers of Florida. 

Mr. Boudinot, corresponding member. 

SI. Patents. 

1. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee. 

2. Mr. Fuller of North Carolina. 

3. Mr. Whitfield of Virginia. 

4. Mr. Lamkin of Mississippi. 

5. Mr. Bell of Georgia. 

6. Mr. H. W. Bruce of Kentucky. 

7. Mr. Chilton of Alabama. 



1. Mr, Smith of North Carolina. 

2. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi. 

3. Mr. Akin of Georgia. 

4. Mr..HolIiday of Virginia. 



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5. Mr. Diddnson of Alabama. 

6. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee. 

7. Mr. TripleU of Kentucky. 

8. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina. 

iSpecial Committee on Illegal Seizures. 

1. Mr. Foot« of Tennessee. 

2. Mr. Clopton of Alabama. 

3. Mr. Hartridge of Georgia. 

4. Mr. Funsten of Virginia, 

5. Mr. J. M. Leach of North Carolina. 

Special Com/mittee to Inquire into the Charges Against Mr. 
W. R. W. Cobb. 

1. Mr. Chilton of Alabama. 

2. Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas. 

3. Mr. Montague of Virginia. 

4. Mr. J. T. &ach of North Carolina. 

5. Mr. Murray of Tennessee. 

Special Conanittee Under Mr. Funsten'a Resolution Relative to 
Compensation for Patent. 

1. Mr. Funsten of Virginia. 

2. Mr. Fuller of North Carolina. 

3. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee. 
4^ Mr. Bead of Kentucky. 

5. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi. 

Special Committee Under Mr. Perkins^ Resolution in Relation to 
Reporting Proceedings of Congress. 

1. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana. 

2. Mr. Barksdale of Mississippi. 

3. Mr. Gholson of Vir^nia. 

4. Mr. Akin of Georgia. 

5. Mr. Gaither of North Carolina. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved, Tbat the Fmldent be requeated to furnleta for the Information of 
tlila House an alpbabetlcat llBt of all the disbursing officers of tbe Oovenuuent 
wba are In default or have failed to render their accounts within tbe time 
prescribed by law or the regulations of the Departments respectively to which 
tli^ belong, showing — 

1. Tbe rank and Department to which such persons re^tectlvely belong. 

2. The amount of piibllc mon^v In the bands of each unacconnted for. 

3. The date ot tbe last accooutlng of each of such persons. 

4. What stqis, If any, have been taken to compel such persons to furnish 
their accounts, with 

R. Such ^[planBtory remarks as may tend to show a reasonable excuse (If 
any exists) for the failure to account 

(2) Resolved, That this information be caused to be furnished at the next 
sesBloa of this Congress, and that the President select any period between tbis 
and tbe first Monday In December next as tbe period from which tbe Infonnu- 
tloD shall date; 

which was adopted. i ..n , vjt>(>Qlc 



40 JOTTiNAL. Of tafi IMay T, 188i. 

Mr. Clopton presented the memorial of Ro. H. Wynne, asserting a 
claim for assessing the tax in kind ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Claims. 

Mr. Pugh presented the memorial of sundry citizens of the Eighth 
Congressional district of Alabama, praying relief for Lieut. Col. I. B. 
Feagin ; which was referred to the Coramittee on the Judiciair. 

>Ir. Blandford presented the petition of sundry citizens or Chat- 
tahoochee County, Ga., praying relief from the 500 per cent forfeit 
for failure to deliver the tax inltind; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Orr presented the memorial of the field officers in Feather- 
ston's brigade, Loring's division, asking a modification of the law 
allowing officers to draw rations; which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow presented the memorial of Captain Hewetson, asking 
relief in relation to certain money captured by the enemy; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, Tbat tbe Com[ii)tt«e ou Ways and Means b« Inatructed to Inquire 
and report upon tbe expediency of so amending tbe Hlxth function of an act en- 
titled "An art to reduce tbe currency and to authorize n iiew isHue of notes and 
bonds. " approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and alsty-four, as 
tbat the duties laid upon ImpoHtM, and thereby pled|);ed. may hereafter be pay- 
able In foreign Instead of In sterling exchange as now required by law ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Farrow introduced 

A bill " to secure a more extended publication and circulation of 
the general orders issued from the Adjutant-General's Office; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Printing. 

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced 

A bill " to increase the pay of officers and soldiers of the Confed- 
erate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments. 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on tbe Judiciary be instructed to Inquire and 
report what legislation Is necessary to prevent and correct tlie Inequalities Id 
tbe prices paid to citizens of different States under tbe impressment laws, and 
tbe abuses of those laws by olflcers of tbe Army ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Heiskell presented a communication from General Buckner, 
making suggestions as to courts-martial ; which was referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Foote introduced 

A bill "to facilitate the detection and punishment of frauds in 
the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments among the dis- 
bursing officers of the Government generally ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments. 

Mr. Simpson submitted the following resolution: 



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Mr. Chambers introduced 

A bill " to amend an act to provide a staff and clerical force for 
any general who may be assigned by the President to duty at the seat 
of government, approved March twenty-fifth, eighteen ffundred and 
sixty-two." 

Mr. Chambers moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill 
to be referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

And the House, on motion of Mr. Chilton, adjourned. 

SEVENTH DAY— MONDAY, Mat 9, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

do motion of Mr. Whitfield, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Goode. 

On motion of Mr. Funsten, leave of absence was granted Mr. 
Welsh (detained from his seat by indispc^ition). 

Mr. O. R. Singleton, member from Mississippi, appeared, was 
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took 
his seat in me House. 

Mr. Echols, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to General Lee and the officers and 
soldiers engaged in the defense of Richmond ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Hanly introduced 

A bill " providing for the payment of the expenses incident to the 
transmission of election returns from the Army to the governor of the 
State for which such election may be held ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Elections. 

Mr. Hanly submitted the following resolution: 

Retolved, That tbe papers tn the case of A. H. Dobbla be withdrawn from the 
flies and referred to the Committee on CIbIids ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Hilton introduced 

A bill " to increase the pay of the noncommissioned officers and 
privates of the Army of the Confederate States ; " 
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Rogers submitted the followmg resolution : 

lieiolved hy the House of RepresentaUvf^s of the Confederate Congreet, That 
tbe members of this body organize themaelvee into a company by the election of 
offlt-ers, etc., and tender their BeirlceB to the commanding officer of this depart- 
ment, for the defense of the city of Richmond. 

Mr. Orr submitted the following amendment to the resolution : 
Stribe oat the whole and Insert In lieu thereof the following, viz : 
"ReMlped, That while the enemy threatens this city the members of Congress 
will attach them&elres to the military engaged in the defense of this city." 



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Mr. Barksdale submitted the following aroeudment to the amend- 
meot: 

Strike out the whole thereof aud toBert tbe following : 

"Betolvei. That leave of absence be granted to each memher who deslrea to 
attach himself to mllltarf organizations for the defense of tbe clt7 of Rich- 
Mr. Blandford moved to lay the resolution and amendments on the 
table. 

Mr. Rogers demanded the yeas and nto's thereon ; which were not 
ordered, and the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House the following communication; 
which was read and laid upon the table : 
Hon. Thomas S. Bococe, 

Speaker of the House of Repre»entaUve». 

Sib: The membera of the House of Representatives are respectfully Invited 
to attend the funeral obxequlee of the late Brlga^er-Qeneral Jeaklus, from 
Belvln's, east end of Bank street, to the Capitol, this evening at 6 o'clock. 
Very reepectfnlly, etc., 

WM. W. BOYCB. 



Mr. Lest«r submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas many of the rellgloua denominations of the South have sent forth 
missionaries from their churches to labor for tbe rellgiotja Instruction and 
spiritual good of tbe Army and inmates of hiwpltals of the Confederate States; 
and 

Whereas the labors of these missionaries have resulted In much good to the 
offlcera and aoldlera of tbe Army and deserve encouragement and support from 
a Government that acknowledges tbe providence of God tn Its struggle for 
freedom and Independence : Be It therefore 

Beaolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and It Is berebr. 
Instructed to consider tbe propriety of allowing said mlsalonaries, whilst 
engaged tn discharging their duties as such, either to draw free of charge or to 
purchase from tbe Commissary Z>epartment tbe same rations drawn by soldi^v 
In tbe Army ; 
which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Bemlved, That tbe Committee on Military Affairs be. and It Is hereby. 
Instructed to consider the propriety of allowing all substitutes In tbe Army of 
the Confederate States above the age of flf^ years to he discharged trora 
service, aud that said committee report th^^on by hill or otherwise; 

which yfos adopted. 

Mr. Marshall submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the members of the House of Representatives will, as a body, 
attend the funeral obsequies of Brigadier-General Jenkins at six postmeridian, 
In compliance with the invitation of tbe Honorable Mr. Boyce ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February sev- 
enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means, 

Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, That it be referred b) the Committee on Rules to report what addi- 
tional rules or amendmenta to the existing rules should be added b) tbe preamt 
rules of ttie House ; 

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Mr. Chambers submitted the foHowing resolution : 
Bet»lve4. That tbe Secretary of tbe Treaaary be requeated to fnrnlsb this 
DoMW) wltfa a capj of tbe report of J. D. B. De Bow. gmeral agent of tbe 
DVodDce kMUi, " oa tbe condition of GoTemraent cottons contlgDons to tbe HIb- 
itinln>l and Its trlbatarlea." dated Columbus, April ninth, elKfateen hundred and 
«lxty-foar; 

whidi was adopted. 

Mr. Chambers introduced 

A joint resolution " in relation to copies of the acts of Congress on 
deposit in the Departmeut of Justice." 

The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred 
to a committee, 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the bill by striking out the word " one ** 
and inserting in lieu thereof the word " five." 

Mr. Garland moved to refer the bill and amendment to the Com- 
mittee on Printing; which latter motion prevailed, 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduce 

A bill " more clearlv to define the duties of persons between the 
ages of seventeen and eighteen years and between forty-five and 
fifty years, enrolled under the act entitled 'An act to organize forces 
to serve during the war ' approved February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and sectwd time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. With6m>oon presented the memorial of Arthur Morgan, of 
Georgetown, St C, asking payment for losses sustained under the 
authority of officers of the Confederate Oovemment; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Murray introduced 

A bill " to prevent the malicious arreet of officers of the Arm^ ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the JudiciaiT. 

AlsOj a bill " to increase the rations of noncommissioned officers 
and privates ; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution ; 

Retolved, That tbe Committee on Foreign Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
Into tbe expediency of wltbdrawtog all diplomatic agents or commlsslonera 
beretofore sent abroad for tbe purpose of oMHinlDg the recognition of our 
nattoDal Indefiendence, unless there shall be good and special reason to believe 
tbnt such recognition will be made within tbe next nlne^ days ; 
which was adopted. 

Also, the following res<dution : 

Retolved. That the President be requested, if. In bla Judgment, conqiatjble 
with tbe public Interest, such Information as be may posseas touching tbe dia- 
IMwldon of foreign powers to recognlEe tbe Independence of the Coiifederatv 
States of America, and also such special Information as be shall possess lu 
r^ard to any negotiation which may be now pending with tbe newly organised 
Imperial Qovernment of Mexico, and that all such Information shall be com- 
mtmlcated to this House, either In confidential session or othNwise, as the 
President shall deem moat practicable. 

Mr. Hilton moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee 

on Foreign Affairs; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Foote also submitted the following resolution: 

Retolved, That the Committee on tbe ComralBsnry and Quartermaater'a De- 

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which was adopted. 

■ Mr. Sexton submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, Tbat It be referred to tbe Committee on MllEtarj Affaire to Inquire 
Into the expedleney of so amending the law creating an Invalid corps as to 
provide tiiat officers or soldier!' In hoapltala and separated from their oom- 
mandfl may be examined without being required to forward their applications 
tbrougb their commanding olllcers ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Sexton introduced 

A bill " to extend the franking privilege; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Couimitteo 
on Post-Offices and Post- Roads. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the subject of ImpresRment of supplleti for the use of the 
Army and for other public purposes be referred to a select committee, to whoni 
all resolutions and memorials on that subject at the present session heretofore 
or hereafter jireseiited he referred ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. De Jarnette submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the papers of Captain William H. Brown, asking coniiKnsatlon 

for a slave impre»<ed and lost in Confederate service, be withdrawn, and 

referred to the Committee on Claims ; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution: 

ReMlved. Tbat the papers of Mrs. Eliza Maury, asking a restoration of her 
pension, be withdrawn, and referred to the Committee on Claims ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Baldwin, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom 
had been referred 

A bill " to continue in force the provisions of an act approved 
January thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, increasing the 
compensation of certain officers and employees in the civil and legis- 
lative departments in Richmond," 

reported Dack the i^ame with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
wtiether under tbe provisions of the act to regulate the exportation of cotton, 
tobacco, etc., the Secretary of the Treasury bas the rlirht to prevent the sailing 
from a Confederate port of any vessel owned or chartered by any of the States 
of the Confederacy because said vessel has not compiled with the reflations 
established by virtue of tbe provisions of said act, and whether said act docs 
not expressly exempt from the operation of its provisions ail vessels owned or 
chartered by the Confederate States, or any of them, 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred 
to the Committee on Conunerce; which was agreed to. 



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Mr. Lyon, from the s«me committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to establish a bureau of foreign affairs in the War Etepart- 
mcDt, with an agency in the Trans-Mississippi Department," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred 
to the Committee on Commerce; which was agreed to, 

Mr. Baldwin, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to continue in force and amend the provisions of an act 
approved January thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, in- 
creasing the compensation of certain officers and employees in the 
civil and legislative departments in Richmond ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. H. W. Bruce submitted the following amendment : 



which was agreed to. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote just taken, by which the 
bill was passed. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred 

A resolution of inquiry relative to the best means of auditing claims 
in Uie Trans-Mi ssissippi Department, 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred 
to the Committee on the Judiciary, 

Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution : 

Remlred, That 8o much ot the President's message and accompanyiuK docu- 
ments as relates to matters properly wlthEn the inquiry ot the different commit- 
tees ot thlB House be referred to tlie respective commltteeB under the direction 
of tlie Speaker ; 

which was adopted, 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution: 

Besolreil, That tbe Committee on Rules report by rule to tbe Bouse wbat 
standing committees sball be entitled to employ ciN-kB ; 

which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Officers of the 
House. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, it was ordered that the Committee on 
Ways and Means be allowed to employ a clerk under such regulations 
as the House may hereafter adopt in regard to the appointment and 
pay of clerks. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, it was ordered that the Committee on Mili- 
tary Affairs be allowed to employ a clerk under such regulations as 
the House may hereafter adopt in regard to the appointment and nay 
of clerks. 

Mr. Swan moved that the House take a recess until 8 o'clock. 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Machen, ( oocjlr 



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EIGHTH DAY— TUESDAY, Mat 10, 18«4. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjourmnent, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Ck>mmittee on Ways and Meaas, reported 

A bill " to release certain duties to railroad companies; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the title by striking out the same and 
inserting in lieu thereof the following, viz: 

A bill tn «zeni[)t Fallrond com|>anleB from tbe payuieiit of cfnrtiitn dutleo. 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. N^ash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill aud Joint remlntlans of tbe fol- 
lowtng titles, viz : 

8. 5. An act to provide passports for Senatore and Representatives in Coagctaa 
when traveling In the Confederate States ; 

8. 3. Joint resolution of thanks to Missouri offlcera and soldiers !n tbe Con- 
federate service east of the Miasiaslppi River; and 

8. 4. Joint resolution for the relief of John D. Soutberland ; 

In which I am directed to ask tbe concorrence of this Honse. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the Special Ccnnmittee 
on Impressments as follows, viz : 

Mr. Baldwin of Virginia, Mr. Conrad of Louisiana, Mr. Chilton 
of Alabama, Mr. Hartridge of Georgia, Mr. Murray of Tennessee, 
Mr. Simpson of South Carolina, and Mr. Gaither of North Carolina. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred a joint resolution of the Senate " of thanks to General 
Finegan and the officers and men of his command," reported back the 
same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was then read a third time and passed unani- 
mously. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred a 
Senate joint resolution (S. 1) " of thanks to Maior-General Hoke and 
Commander Cooke and the officers and men under their command for 
the brilliant victory over the enemy at Plymouth, North Carolina," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative, and the joint resolution was read a 
third time and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had 
been referred sundry resolutions on the subject of impressments, 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 



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lie discharged from their further consideration, and that they be 
referred to the Special Committee on Impressments, 

Mr. Kussell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to authorize the judge of the district court for the northern 
district of Georgia to chan^je the place of holding said court," 
reported badt the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the 
titie was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the following resolution : 

Re»oiv€d, That the Committee on the Judiciary be luBtrocted to Inquire and 
report wbetber b^ requiring tlie opinion of the Attome^-Oeneral to be given, by 
the establishment of a board ol construction, of by any other means, greater 
accuracy and uniformity may not be obtained In the constmctton and admlnls- 
tratkm of the tithe and tax law of Comcrera, 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table ; which was a^eed to. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, leave was granted him to wfthdraw 
from the files of the Clerk's office the papers referred to the Commit- 
tee on the Commissarj and Quartermaster's Departments at the last 
Congress. 

&&. Clopton introduced 

A bill " to authorize the revision of the criminal statutes; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Hilton introduced 

A bill " to r^^ate filling vacancies which may occur among officers 
of the Army ; ' 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. William E. Smith introduced 

A bill "to protect private property aeainst illegal impressments, 
and to prevent conflicts between tne civil and military authorities; ' 
which was read a first and second time, and, together with a copy of 
wders from the military authorities on that subject, referred to the 
Special Committee on Impressments. 

Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution : 

Re»oJved, That the Committee on Ways and Meana Inquire Into the necessity 
and proiwlety of so amending an act entitled "An act to leyy additional taxes 
for the common defense and support of the Government," as to exempt from tax- 
ation the produce and provisions of eighteen hundred and sixty-three, which 
liare been subject to a tithe of one-tenth In kind ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Burnett submitted the following resolution : 

HeMload. That the Committee on Military Affairs Inquire Into the eipe- 
dieocy of amending the law Imposing punishment upon soldiers for absence 
without leave from their companies and regiments, and for exceeding the leave 
glT^i, and that the committee report by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

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On motion oi Mr. Dupre, it was ordered that the Clerk deliver to 
(lie chairman of the Committee on Printing all papers referred to 
that committee at the last Congress. 

Mr. Lamkin introduced 

A bill " to provide for the payment of claims for certain property 
informally impressed for the use of the Confederate States Gov- 
ernment ; 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Special 
Committee on Impressments. 

Mr. Chambers moved that the resolution be rescinded, which was 
adopted yesterday, appointing a special committee on impressments. 

Tlie motion prevail^. 

Mr. Chambers introduced 

A joint resolution " providing for the appointment of a special 
committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the 
subject of impressments; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr, Chambers moved that the rule be susjjetided requiring the 
joint resolution to be referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the joint resolution be referred to the 
Committee on Rules. 

Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
to refer was lost 

The joint resolution was then engrossed, read a third time, and 
passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Sec- 
retary, as follows : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate bare passed billH of tbe following titles, rlz: 

S. 11. An act to extend tbe fnmkiiiK privilege; and 

S. 12. An act to authorize tbe withdrawal from tbe Ti'eiiitury of luont-y eou- 
tributed to balld an ironclad gunboat by ladies of tbe State of South Carolina, 
and deposited therein ; 

In which I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of tbiu House. 



Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced 

A bill " to repeal an act regulating the granting of furloughs and 
discharges in hospitals, approved May first, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-three, and for other purposes; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Medical Department. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill "to provide for the speedy adjustment of the accounts of 
disbursing officers and agents who are charged with checks alleged 
to be forged or erroneously paid ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary, accompanied by sundry papers relating to that 
subject. 

Mr. Miles presented the memorial of the officers of the First Army 
Corps, Array of Northern Virginia, asking that the law allowing 
officers to draw rations be amended ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill "to provide uniform rates of compensation for mechanics 



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Diid laborers employed by the various Executive Departments of the 
Government; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Eoote presented the memorial of R. S. Parham and W. S. 
"Wilkinson, of Tennessee, asking increase of compensation for de- 
tftiled soldiers performing clerical duty in the Departments at Rich- 
mond ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Heiskell introduced 

A joint resolution "directory to the Postmaster-Generai of the 
Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second tima 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the rule be suspended requiring it to be 
referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the joint resolution was referred to the 
Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution : 

Regolvcd, That a select committee be appointed, to coimltit of tbree metnbere 
of this House, to Inquire Into and report upoa tbe luanoer Id which the laws 
autborislug Impresameiita have been executed In the Department of East Ten- 
nemee and Southwestern Tlrglnla, and whether any, and what abuses have 
been committed under color of Bucb laws ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Sexton introduced 

A bill '* to extend the time for funding Treasury notes west of the 
Mississippi River; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution : 

Regolped, That the President be respectfully requested to take such steps as 
may be necessary to Insure tbe regular transmission and dellyery of tbe corre- 
spondence of this city and of Congress, now represented to be delayed In tbe 
Rlcbmond post-oRice. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to lay the resolution on the 
table. 

The motion was tost. 

Mr. Sexton moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee 
on Post-Offices and Post- Roads. 

The motion was lost, and the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. McMullin submitted the following resolution : 

Re»olreil. That tbe Committee on the Commissary and Qnnrtermaater's 
Departments be Instructed to Inquire Into the expediency of providing effec- 
tually by law that i>eritonB In tbe employment of the two de|>artments aforesaid 
shall not be allowed bereiiftor to receive any [lecunlaty recoui|>enBe for official 
services until they sbnil have satlsfactgrlly sliown that they are not within the 
conscript ages or bave been disabled in war for the active performance of 
military duties in the Held, and report by bill or otherwise ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. McMiiUm also presented several communications on the same 
subject; which were referred to tlie Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 
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A bill " to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers 
and soldiers;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to a special com- 
mittee on deceased soldiers' claims. 

Mr. Foster introduced 

A bill " for the relief of the taxpayers of the First Congressional 
district of Alabama ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Bwan moved that the House take a recess until 8 o'clock p. m. 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Boyce, 

Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

NINTH DAY— WEDNESDAY, May 11, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened wiUi 
pr^er by Rev. Dr. Moore, 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of the House relative 
to the payment of demands against the Government, ascertained or 
accruing previous to the first day of April last, in Treasury notes of 
the old i9sue, etc. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the communication be referred to a select committee, with 
Imitmcttons to Inquire iDto ttie facta sougbt to be elicited by the resolution sub- 
mitted to tl» Secretary of tbe Treasury, and report t^ bill or otherwlMe. 

Mr. Swan moved to lay the resolution on the table; which motion 
was lost, and the resolution was adopted. 

Tbe C^air laid before the House a resolution of the Senate; whidi 
was read as follows, viz : 

Resolved, Tbat tbe Secretary of tbe Senate transmit to tbe Clerk of tbe House 
of RepreflentatlTes. tor distribution in the House, one bundred and twenty 
copies of every bill, resolution, and report printed for the use of tbe Senate, 
except resolutions adopted or reports made in executive seBslon, 

and laid upon the table. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 12) " to authorize the withdrawal from the 
Treasury of money contributed to build an ironclad gunboat by 
ladies or the State of South Carolina, and deposited therein ; " whictt 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Xlso, a Senate bill (S. 5) "to provide passports for Senators and 
Representatives in Congress when traveling in the Confederate 
States; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 11) "to extend the franking privilege;'* 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 4) " for the relief of John D, 
Southerland ; " which was read a first and second time and referred to 
the Committee on Claims. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 3) " of thanks to Missouri offi- 



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wrs and soldiers in the Confederate service east of the Mississippi 
River; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. ChiltoD submitted the following resolution : 

Awofred, That the CVMumlttee on Ways and Means Inquire into the expedleiirr 
of adopting some amendtnenl; of the law conSBcatlnK the effects of alien eaetoles 
which will enable the Confederate Btatee to confiscate the debts due from the 
banks, respectlTely, in the Confederacy to alien enemies by reason oC the holding 
of the notes of snch banks by euch nHen enemlee; also to Inquire whether any 
and what l^slatlon on the part of the States In which snch banks may be 
hmted la necessary as anztliary to such ctmfiscation, and that said committee 
report by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Retolved, That the papers In tbe claim of the Central Warehouse Company 
<rf Sehna, Alabama, for damages sustained by the lannchlng of tbe gnnboat 
Tenneesee, which were presented to the last Congress, be withdrawn from the 
flies of tbe House and referred to tbe Committee on Claims; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Foster submitted the following resolution : 

Re«olv€d, That the papers In tbe claim of J. E. Joiuswi for tbe loss of the 
steamboat W. B. Terry, which were presented to tbe House at tbe last session 
of Congress, be withdrawn from the flies and referred to the Committee on 
Clalnw; 

which was adopted. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (8. 4) to provide means of 
transit across tbe Mississippi River for members of Congress residing west of 
said river In going to and returning from tbe Confederate States Congress; in 
which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

Mr. Hilton introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to allow c<Hmnissioned 

officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purdiasing clothing 

from the Quartermaster's Department.' " 
The bill having been read a first and second time, 
Mr. Hilton moved to suspend the rule requiring it to be referred 

to a committee; which motion prevailed. 
Mr. Atkins submitted the following amendment: 
Add at the end the following proviso: "Provide^, That each commissioned 

ofllcsr be allowed to draw one ratloD tor his sMrant" 

Mr. Miller moved to refer the bill and amendment to the Com- 
mittee on Military Affairs ; whidi motion was lost. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment; 

strike ont after the enacting dsose the words 

"That the third and last proviso to the second section of an act entitled 
'An act to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of 
purcbaring clothing from the Quartermaster's Department,' approved lM)ru- 
ary seventeenth, eighteen hundred and slx^-four, be, and the same Is hereby, 
repealed," 
and insert In lieu thereof the following, vIe: 

" That tbe third and last proviso to tite second section of an act entitled 'An 
act to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and tbe privilege of 
purcbaslng clothing from tbe Qnartermaster'B Department,' be amended and 
reenacted so as to read as follows : 'Providei, That do law or army regulation 
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Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Heiskel), resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 
session, and 

On motion of Mr. Chilton, 

Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

SECKET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Heiskell introduced 

A bill " to declare the Department of Richmond in a state of siege, 
and to provide for a levy en masse of all persons found within said 
department ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the rule be sus[>ended requiring the bill 
to be referred to a committee; which motion prevailed, 

Mr. Conrad submitted the following amendment : 

Strike ont the whole of the bill, which readn as follows, viz : 

" The Congre»a of ihe Confederate States of America do enact. That the city 
a&d Department of Richmond are declared to be in a state of siege; tbat all 
exeniptlous from military Berrlce are hereby suspended during the continuance 
of such siege, and every male person capable of bearing arms, wbo now la, or 
Shalt come within said department, excepting the members of the Oovemment, 
Is placed under the control of the military anthoritlee for the defense of tbe 
city until the present dangers are removed," 
and insert in lieu thereof the following, vie: 

" Whereas the safety of this city la seriously threatened'. 

" The Congreag of the Confederate Btate» of America do enact. That the 
President Is authorized to suspend, for such length of time as the safety inay 
require, all laws or parts of laws creating exemptions from military service, 
except such persons as may be connected with the Government of tbe Con- 
federate States and of the State of Virginia." 

Mr. Barksdale submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Conrad : 

Strike out the whole of said amendment and Insert In lien thereof tbe 
following : 

"The Coiigre*8 of the Confederate States of Amerifa do enact. That, with a 
view to the protection of the capital of the Confederate States from threatened 
Invasion, pillage, and rapine, the President be authorized to declare martial 
law In the city and Department of Richmond. It being hereby declared that 
such declaration shall not apply to tbe members of the legislative department 
of the Government and to the officers of the government of Virginia. 

" Sec. 2. That this act shall continue In force for ten days after the passage 
thereof." 

By unanimous eon^nt, the consideration of the bill and amend- 
ments was informally postponed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Hr. Speaker: The Senate hare passed a bill (S. 10) to Qx the time for the 
assembling of the Congress at its next regular session, and to authorize the 
President to convene the Congress at any place other than the seat of gov- 
' ; In which t am directed to nsk the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Rives submitted the following resolution : 



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or otbnr, touchlog any moTemeut of tbe enemy tbreatenlog a forcible Inter- 
ruption of the deliberations of CoogreHs, aua to concert and report aeasonnblc 
measures for avoldlug a surprise that would involve an interre^uni lu tbet 
department of the Qovemmeut. a rvntlniceiicy ereatly to be deprecated for 
considerations Intimately connected wltb tbe public safety and Interest ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Perkins moved to reconsider the vote hy which the resolution 
was adopted. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 16) "to fix the 
time for the assembling of the Congress at its next regular session, 
and to authorize the President to convene the Congress at any place 
other than the seat of government ; " which was read a first and sec- 
ond time. 

Mr. Foote moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill to 
be referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Perkins moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on 
the Judiciary, 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Chilton, 

Resolved itself into open session. 

TENTH DAY— THURSDAY, Mat 12, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer ^ the Rev. Dr. Moore. 

"nie Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 4) " to provide 
means of transit across the Mississippi River for members of Con- 
gress residing west of said river in going to and returning from the 
Confederate States Congress; " which was read a first and second 
time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the House resolve itself into secret session. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported 

A bill " to make an appropriation for a return of certain money 
paid into the Treasury by the Navy Department; " 
which was read a first and second time and laid upon the table. 

Mr. Ayer, member from the State of South Carolina, appeared, 
was sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and 
took his seat in the House. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom bad 
been referred the petition of sundry citizens of Alabama, asking relief 
for LJeut. Col. Isaac B. Feagin, reported back the same with the 
recommendation that it do lie upon the table; which was agreed to, 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, also reported back 

A bill " to prevent the malicioas arrest of officers of the Army," 
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it l>e referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs; which was agreed to. 

Also, a bill " to provide for the settlement of claims for property 
illegally impressed in the Trtms-Mississippi Department," ivith the 
recommendation that it do pass with sundry amendments. 



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The bill was postponed, placed on (he Calendar, and ordered to be 
priuted. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, also reported back 

A bill " providing for the repeal of the act suspending the privilege 
of the writ of habe^ corpus," 

■with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table. 

The question being on laying the bill on the table, 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 68 

And are recorded as follows, viz: < m.™, an 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce, Brad- 
lev, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Cnilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jamette, Dickinson, 
Dupr^, Foster, Funsten, Graither, A. H. Garland, Gholson, Goode, 
Hanly, Hartndge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hollidaj, Johnston, Keeble, 
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Monta- 
gue, Moore, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shew- 
make, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Turner, 
Viller^, Whitfield, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Cruikshank, Echols, Farrow, Foote, 
Fuller, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, 
Logan, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, and Smith of North Caro- 
lina. 

So the bill was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, also reported bade 

A bill " to authorize the revision of the criminal statutes," 
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which was 
agreed to. 

Also, a bill " to provide for the speedy adjustment of the accounts 
of disbursing officers and agents who are charged with checks alleged 
to be forged or erroneously paid," with the recommendation that it 
do pass. 

The bill was postponed and placed on the Calendar. 

Mr. Perkins, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom had been 
referred 

A bill " to establish a bureau of foreign supplies in the War De- 
partment, with an agency in the Trans-Mississippi Department," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
siuidry amendments. 

The bill was postponed, placed upon the Calendar, and ordered to be 
printed. 

Mr. lyyon, from the Committee on Ways and Mean& to whom had 
lieen referred a Senate bill (S. 12) "to authorize the withdrawal 
frcHn the Treasury of money contributed to build an ironclad gunboat 
by ladies of the State of South Carolina, and deposited therein," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill wa.s read a thira time and pns.'^od, and the title was read 
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The Houee then resumed the consideration of unfinished business 
of yesterday; which was the bill "to amend an act entitled 'An act 
to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege 
of purchasing clothing from the Quartermaster's Department.' " 

Mr. McMuilin moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on 
Militarr Affairs; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Rogers introduced a bill with the same title ; which was read 
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr. Akin introduced 

A bill " to provide for the appointment of commissioners in the 
several States of the Confederacy to inquire into and report upon 
the claims of citizens against the Government of the Confederate 
States for property taken, used, injured, or destroyed by the Army, 
or any part of it, of the Confederate States, and to provide for the 
punishment of perjury and for presenting fraudulent claims;" 
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
Claims, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr, E. M. Bruce introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February sev- 
enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 

A bill " to transfer the feeding of prisoners from the Quartermas- 
ter's to the Commissary Department ; 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments and Military 
Transportation. 

Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution : 

Reitolved, Tbnt tbe Committee on Ways and Meani be Instructed to tnqnire 
Into the expedieni? of requlrlDg tbe ofltcers and agents of tbe TreaRory I>epHrt- 
ment to Issue four per cent bonds In sums correspoading with tbe atnoUDt of tax 
dae from the depositor, on bla reqnest. and making affidavit as to the emouDt of 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Retolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instmcted to Inquire 
Into the expediency of reporting a bill providing tbat the four per cent bonds 
shall never be transferable or assignable; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Orr also presented joint resolutions of the legislature of Missis- 
sippi in relation to the recent act of Congress suspending the privilege 
of the writ of habeas corpus ; which were laid upon the table and 
ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Orr also submitted the following resolution : 

Reaolved, That the Committee on tbe Judlciarj' be Instructed to report a bill 
repealing the act of the lost Congress suspending tbe writ of habeas corpus. 

Mr. Sussell moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to lay the resolution on the table; which 
latter motion prevailed, 

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A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nasli, their Secre- 
tary; -whi^ is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate bave passed, without amendment, a bill of tills 
HoQBe of the (ollowing title, viz : 

H. R. 07. A bill to continue In force and niiieud tbe Drovlslona of an act 
approved January 30, 1864, Increasing tbe compeiisiitEon of certain officers and 
emplojeefl In the civil aad leglelatlve departments In Illibmond. 

Mr. Lamkin introduced 

A bill " to amend an act of the. Provisional Congress entitled *An 
act relating to the prepayment of postage in certain cases,' approved 
July twenty-ninth, eignteen hundred and sixty-one; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post- Offices and Post- Roads. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February sev- 
enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Ix>£an introduced 

A bill "to repeal the tenth and eleventh sections of chapter sixty- 
six of the acts passed at the fourth session of the First Congress of the 
Confederate States of America, known as ' the tithing law ; ' " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Logan moved that the bill be referred to the Joint Committee 
on Impressments, when appointed. 

Mr. Akin moved to amend the motion of Mr. Logan by striking out 
"Joint Committee on Impressments, when appointed," and inserting 
in lieu thereof " Committee on Ways and Means." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the motion as amended pre- 
vailed. 

Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved, That It be referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads 



which was adopted. 

Mr. Miles introduced the following bills : 

A bill " to regulate the pay of men detailexl from the Army, or after 
enrollment, on special or extra duty ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

A bill "for the appointment of quartermasters and commissaries 
for armies in the field and for corps and divisions, and as purchasing 
and transportation agents, and to increase the number of chaplains 
for the Army; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

A bill " to authorize the President to confer temporary rank and 
command upon officers of the Provisional Army who may be iissigned 
for special service; " 

whicn was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Atkins submitted the following ri'solntion: 

RcHolvcd, That the S|>eilii] ronimlttee on Inipreasments lie instructed to Inquire 
Into the expediency of reiwirtlng a hill to tlils limine ninmidlng the Impreosmeut 



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laiv HO iiK to reiiDire tbe iiuprCBsment commlRHloiiers to meet in convention 
qoarterly. Huil ttiat Kiild coiiiiuiHsi oners shall fl\ tbe prime cost of all articles 
IncludM III the Rchediile, niut tbat lu no case 8ball a grenter per centum than 
Ofty |>er uentum be allowed upon tbe iirlme cost tbu9 fixed ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr, Foote submitted the following resolution: 

Renolrcg, Tbat In aeeordnnee with the preamble and resolutions recently 
adopted by ttie legislature of tbe State of Mississippi, and Just presented In 
tbiB House, It t>e declared as tbe sense of this tx>d7 tliat the act of the Congress 
of tbe Confederate States providing for the suspension of the privilege of the 
writ of habeas corpus In certain cases Is, for tbe reasons stated In said preamble 
and resolutions, "dangerous to tbe liberty of the citizens, unconstltutlonnl In 
some of Its features, tends to make tbe civil power sulmrdlnate to the military. 
establishes n precedent of a doubtfnl and dangerous charncter, and should be 
repealed." 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the consideration of the resolution was 
postponed until Thursday morning next, and made the order of the 
day for the morning hour. 

The Speaker announced the Special Committee on Deceased Sol- 
diers' Claims as follows, viz : 

Mr. Perkins of Louisiana, Mr, Clopton of Alabama, Mr. Farrow of 
South Carolina, Mr, Orr of Mississippi, and Mr. Foster of Alabama. 

On motion of Mr, Goode, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

ELEVENTH DAY— FRIDAY, Mat 13, 18fl4. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pm^uant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Eev. Dr. Moore. 

The Speaker announced that the funeral of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart 
wouid' take place this afternoon from St. James Church, and that 
tbe House of Representatives was invited to attend, 

Mr. Goode submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, Tbat In response to tbe Invitation Just giveu the members of tbe 
House of Representatives will attend tlie funeral of the late General Stuart In n 
body; 

which was adopted. 

The Chair announced the special committee on the communication 
of the Secretary of the Treasury, under the resolution of Mr. Smith 
of North Carolina, as follows, viz; 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, Mr. Johnston of Virginia, and Mr, 
Singleton of Mississippi. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their 
Secretary; which is as follows, viz: 

Ur. Rpeaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment. Joint resolutions 
of this House of the Tollowlng titles, viz : 

H. R.1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and Thlrty-elgbtii 
regiments of North (^arollnii troojis ; and 

H. K. 2. joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the Army of 
Northern Virginia. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H. R. 67. An a'cl to aintiniie in force and amend the provisions of 
an act approved Janmirv 30, 18('4. increasing the comi>ensation of 



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certain officers and employees in the civil and legislative departments 
in Richmond. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. Holliday presented the petition of Bennett G. Burley and John 
Maxwell, masters in the Confederate States Navy, asking compensa- 
tion for the capture of ves.sels of the enemy ; which was referred to 
the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Mr. Groode presented the memorial of certain employees of the 
Government in the Quartermaster's and Commissary Deparbnents at 
Danville, praying an increase of compensation; which was referred 
to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair laid before the House the petition of S. Bassett French, 
treasurer of the Jackson Statue Association, praying that the cotttm 
and 8 per cent stock of the Confederate States puruiased by him be 
relieved from taxation and export duty; which was referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A bill " to require payment for horses impressed for the command 
of General Wheeler under orders from the general commanding the 
Armv of Tennessee ; " 

whicn was read a Brst and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Shewmake submitted the following resolution : 

Reaolved, That the Prealdent be requested to inform tbe Houae, If not Incom- 
patible with tbe public Interest, whether tbe reaeonn given in bis special mea. 
Bage for Buspeoding the prlTllege of tbe writ of babens corpus still exist, and 
vrbether any, and what, additional reasons now (-xlst to sneh extent that tbe 
public safety requires tbe coutlnuaoce of tbe euspeuslon thereof; 

which was adopted. 
Mr. Chrisman submitted the following resolution: 
Retalfed. That tbe Committee on Military Affairs Inquire what farther 

leglslntlon may be necessary to protect Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout 

and other Federal prisons from the inhuman and brutal treatment to which 

they are exposed ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Chrisman also presented a communication touching the treat- 
ment of prisoners by the enemy; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Singleton presented joint resolutions of the legislature of Mis- 
sissippi, relating to the tax on property, etc.; whidi were referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Holder introduced 

A bill " for the relief of T. A. Mitchell; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Chambers submitted the following resolution: 

Retalvpd, That It le Inexpedient at tbe present session of Congress to wpea.\ 
the act of the Inst session entitled "An act to suspend tbe prlTUege of the writ 
of habeas corpus In certain cases." 

Mr. Chambers moved that the resolution be referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Garland moved that the consideration of the resolution be 
postponed until Thursday morning next. 

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Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Singleton, I'esolved itself into secret 
iiession; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in 
open session. 

Mr. Swan moved that the House take a recess until 8 o'clock. 

Mr. Hartridge moved that the House adjourn. 

Upon which latter motion Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays; 

\rtiich were ordered, 

And are recorded as follows, viz : j Woya qi 

Yeas: Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Blandford, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Echols, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, 
Hanly, Hartridge, Holiidav, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. T_<each, 
Logan, Marshall, Miles, Miller, Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, 
Rives, Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Vu- 
ler6, and Witherspoon. 

Na^: Akin, Atkins, Bell, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Chil- 
ton, Chrisman, Cblyar, Farrow, Gholson, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, 
Keeble, Lester, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Moore, Orr, 
lU^rs, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, 
Turner, and AVhitfield. 

So the motion prevailed, and 

"Die Chair announced that the House stood adjourned until to- 
ntorrow, 12 o'clock. 

eSCRBT BBSfilON. 

The House being in secret session, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Kash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have Agreed to a resolution of this House provldtng 
tor tbe appolDtment of a Joint committee of tbe two Houses to collect Intelll- 
gatce touchlDg tbe movemeDts ot tbe eueniy, etc., wltb ameDdmentB ; In wblcb 
I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of tbis Honse. 

The Chair laid before the House the amendments of the Senate; 
which are as follows, viz : 

1. After tbe word "Reeolved " Insert " the Senate concurring." 

2. Add tbe followlug: 

"RemAved, That tbe committee consist of tbree members on the part of tbe 
Betiate and on tbe part of tbe Honae." 

The first amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

Mr. Chilton moved to amend the second amendment by filling up 
the blank with the word " three," 

The amendment waH agreed to, and the amendment of the Senate, 
as amended, was concurred in. 

The Chair announced the committee on the part of the House as 
follows : 

Mr. Chambers of Mississippi, Mr. Lyon of Alabama, and Mr. Mon- 
tague of Virginia. 

The House then resumed the consideration of unfinished business; 
which was the bill of the Senate (S. 16) "to fix the time for the 
assembling of the Congress at its next regular session, and to author- 



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60 JOUENAL OF THE [Maj 13, 18M. 

ize the President to convene the CoiigreHs at any place otlier than the 
seat of government."' 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved tiiat the rule be Huspendeil i-equiring the 
bill to be referred to a conunittee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the bill by striking out the words 
" Monday, the seventh of November," and inserting in lieu thereof 
the words " firKt Monday in October." 

Mr. McMuUin moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Miles by 
striking out the word *' October " and inserting in lieu thereof the 
word "December." 

Mr. Garland moved to amend the bill by striking out the whole of 
the first section. 

Mr. Chilton demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. McMuItin to the 
amendment.of Mr, lliles, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Miles, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Garland, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative, 

Mr, Baldwin moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill wai 
ordered to a third reading. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment to the bill (in 
the nature of a substitute) : 

Section 1. The Congre»B of the Contederate States of America do enact, 
Tbat if at anr time the CongreaB stuili be ixiuipelled by the casualties of the war 
to abandon Ita present place of meetiug, without fixing a time and piace of 
reassembling, It shall meet at Muib time and place as the Tresldent shall hy 
proclamation appoint. 

Sec, 2. If at the time appointed by the Constitution or by law for a regular 
meeting of the Congress, or by the President for an extra session, It shall, hi 
the Judgment of the President, be unsafe or Improper for It to meet at ltd 
present place of session. It shall be lawful for the P-resldent by proclamation 
to appoint a time and jilaee for such meeting. 

Sec. 3. The President Is hereby authorized. In case elrciimstnnces should. In 
his judgment, render such measure necessary or advisable, to cause to Ikc 
removes! to such place tlie public archives and Treasury and other public 
property so far ns such removal may be practicable. 

Sec. 4. If the Congress shall adjourn at Its present session witttout appoint- 
ing a day for the coiiimen(«[nent of Its next session, such next session shall 
begin on the flrst Monday of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-four. 

Mr. Perkins moved to refer the bill to the Committee on the Judi- 
ciary ; which motion was lost. 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by adding the following as 
un independent section : 

Sec. 3. That If at any time the Congress shall be compelled by the casualties 
of the war to abandon its present place of meeting, without fixing a time and 
place of reassembling. It shall meet at such time and place as the President 
aliaii by proclamation appoint. 

Mr. Hilton moved the previous question; which was ordered. 
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Marshall, 
It was decided in the affirmative. 



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The question recurring on the ainendinent of Mr. BaKlwin, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr, Sexton called the question; which was ordered. 

The question being put, 

Shall the bill pass? 

It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and agreed 
to. 

Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
passed ; which motion was lost 

And the House, on motion of Mr. Ramsay, 

ItesolTed itself into open session. 

TWELFTH DAY— SATURDAY, May 14, 1864. 

OPEN HES810N. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore. 

Mr. Sexton, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred 

A bill " to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury 
not«s held by certain Indian tribes,' 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
II n amendment. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on it 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was read as follows, viz: 



and agreed to. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the * 
title was read and acr^ to. 

Mr. Sexton mov^ to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 



The motion was lost. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Major-General N. B. Forrest and 
the officers and men imder his command," 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
an amendment. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee having been read as follows: 

Strlbe ODt the wbole of tbe JolDt reitolntlon and Insert in lieu thereof tbe 
following : 

"Regolved bff the Congre»» of the Confedm'ote Stales of America. Tbat the 
thaobs of CongTMB are emlDeotly dne, nnd nre hereby cordially tendered, to 
Hajor-Oeneral N. B. Forrest and the officere and men of his command for 
tbeir late brilllast and sncceesful campaign In MlsBlselppl, west Teunessee, and 
Kentucky. 



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Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the amend- 
ment of the committee was agreed to. 

The joint resolution was then engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Orr moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution 
was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Barksdale called the question ; which was ordered. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered, and the motion to reconsider prevailed. 

Mr. Orr submitted the following amendment to the smeDdmeot of 
the committee : 

Add at the eud of the first resolution ttae wMds " » catDpalgn wblcb lua con- 
ferred npon Ita authors fame as enduring as the records of ttte straggle wbldi 
they have bo brilHuntly Illustrated." 

Mr. Hilton called the question. 

Mr. A. H. Garland moved the previous question; which was 
ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Orr, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The question recurring on ordering the joint resolution to be 
engrossed and read a third time, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

And the question being put, 

Shall the joint resolution pass? 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The committee submitted the following amendment to the title: 

Add at the end the words " for their campaign In Mississippi, west Tennessee, 
and Kentncky." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Ur. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the followhig titles, tIe : 

S. 22. An act to secure the prompt prluttng of the laws of the Confederate 
States: and 

S. 2S. An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brig. Oen. 
Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army : 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

Mr. Lyon, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution " authorizing the auditing of accounts of mem- 
bers for pay and mileage ; " 

which was read a first and second time and, the rule having been 
suspended requiring it to be referred to a committee, was engrossed, 
read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Sexton moved that the consideration of the Calendar be post- 
poned ; which motion prevailed. 

Mr, Marshall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported 

A bill " to amend an act passed February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and sizty>four, entitled 'An act to allow commissioned 



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officers rations and the privilese of purchasing clothing from the 
Quartermaster's Department ; ' 
which was read a firet and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted tne following amendment (in the nature of 
a substitute) : 

Tbtit the Becoad sectloo of chapter forty-flve, approved February eeveuteeotb, 
eighteen tatuidred and aixty-rour, be. and the same Is bereby, anteoded and reea- 
acted. BO as to read us follows: 

"Sec. 2. Tbat all commissioned officers of the armies of the Confederate 
Slates shall be allowed to parchaee clothing and cloth for clothing from any 
qoartermsster at the price which It coat the Oovemment, all expenses Inclnded: 
Provided, That no qnartermaBter shall be allowed to sell to any officer any 
dotblDg or clotti for clothing which It would be proper to Issue to privates, nntll 
all privates entitled to receive the same BtaatI have been first supplied : Provided, 
liiat tbe officer offering to purchase shall give bis certificate, on bonor, that 
tbe articles are necessary for his own personal comfort and use. and in no case 
dull more than one suit per annnm be allowed to be so parcbssed by any 
officer : Provided, That no law or army regulation shall hereafter be construed 
to allow an offlcpr to purchase from nubslstence stores more than two rations 
a day or for lees price than tbe cost thereof. tnclnJlng transportation." 

Mr. Baldwin rose to a point of order: 

Tbat it does not require the con-wnt of the House to permit one 
member to interrupt another while speaking. 

The Chair overruled the point of order. 

Mr. Baldwin appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

And the question being put, 

Shall the decision of tne Chair stand as the judgment of the 
House? 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The House then, on motion of Mr. Chambers, resolved itself into 
secret session ; and having spent some time therein, resumed business 
in open session. 

Mr. Orr moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Hilton moved the previous question. 

Pending which, 

Mr. Orr moved that the House adjourn; which motion was lost, 
and the demand for the pre^-ious question was sustained. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin, 

Mr. McMuUin demanded the yeas and nays; whidi were not 
ordered. 

Mr. Montague moved that the House adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Cruik^ank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H. R. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and 
Thirty-eighth regiments of North Carolina troops; 

H. R. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the 
Army of Northern Virginia ; 

S. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to General Hoke and Commander 
Cooke and the officers and men under their command for the brilliant 
victory over the enemy at Plymouth, N. C. ; and 

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S. 2, Joint resolution of thatiks to General Finegan and the officers 
and men of his command. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Tlie amentmient of Mr. Baldwin was lost. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to be engrossed and read 
a third time, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. A. H. Garland called the question ; which was ordered. 

And being put, 

Shall the bill pass? 

It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and 
agreed to. 

Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
passed, and called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
to reconsider was lost. 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, 

The House adjourned until 1'2 o'clock Monday. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

A message was i-eceived from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; whioa is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate hate conciirred in the aiuendiuent of this Bouse to 
the bill (8. 16) to fix the time for the aflseuibllng of the Congress at its next 
retcular eesalon. and to authorize the President to L-onvene tlie Congress at anj 
place other than the seat of government 

They have passed a Joint resolution (S. S) to uutborise the removal of the 
Itnblic archives aad of the Executive Etepartmeuts of the Government; In whlcli 
I am directed to asit the concurrence of this House. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate joint resolution (S. 6) 
" to authorize the removal of the public archives and of the Executive 
Departments of the tiflvernment ; " which was read a first and second 
time and, the rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred 
to a committee, was reaa a third time and passed, and the title was 
read and agreed to. 

Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolu- 
tion was passed. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Swan submitted the following resolution : 

Hetolvfd, Tbut until the i>eu<llng daugent are passed, the House will not 
adjourn, but relieve its session by recesses as It may order, 

and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not ordered, 
and the resolution was not adopted. 

Mr. Foote moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet 
on Monday, V2 o'clock, unless sooner convened by the Speaker. 

The motion prevailed. 

And the House, on motion of Mr. J. M. Leach, 

Resolved itself into open session. 



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THIRTEENTH DAY— MONDAY, Mat 16, 1864. 

OPEX SESSION. 

The iroiise met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnieerode. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Sec- 
retary of the Treasury, transmittinjg certain tables of commerce and 
navigation; which, together with the accompanying documents, was 
laid upon the table. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 25) " for the 
relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brigadier-General Leroy A. 
Stafford, of the Confederate States Army ; ' which was read a first 
and second time. 

Mr. Dupr^ moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill to 
be referred to a committee. _ 

The motion prevailed, and the bill was read a third time and 
passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

The Chair also laid be^re the House a Senate bill (S. 22) " to 
secure the prompt printing of the laws of the Confederate States; '* 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Printing. 

The House then resumed the consideration of unfinished business ; 
which was the resolution of Mr. Chambers, that it is inexpedient at 
the present to repeal the act suspending the privilege of the writ of 
habeas corpus. 

Mr. Baldwin moved to lay the resolution and pending motions on 
the table. 

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; ' 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows:] m^"^ ao 

Yeas: Atkins, Bell, Boyce, Branch, Colyar, Cruikshank, Farrow, 
Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Heis- 
kell, Iiamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, McCallum, 
McMuUin, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Shewmake, 
Simpson, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, \Vhitfield, and 
Witnerspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Blandford, 
Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, De Jamette, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Funsften, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, 
Hilton, Holder, HolHday, Johnston, Keeblo, Lvon, Machen, Miles, 
Miller, Montague, Moore, Pugh, Rives, Rusself, Sexton, Singleton, 
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, and Welsh. 

So the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

Mr. Hartridge called the question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the motion of Mr, Garland to postpone the 
consideration of the resolution until Thursday morning next, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Singleton submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas by the first clause of the third section of an net entitle*! "An act to 
lery additional taxee for the common defense and support of the Government," 
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passed by the Confederate Statea Congreae, nrnJ approved February seventeenth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, a tax of five per cent was ordered to be aaaeeaed 
and collected upon the amounts of all gold and silver coin, gold dost, gold and 
silver bullion, whether held by bnnka or other corporations, or Individuals ; and 

WhereHH the Se<^retary of the Treasurr of the Confederate States has m 
construed said act of Congress as to require the said tax of Bve per cent to be 
paid In gold and silver r Therefore, 

Be it resolved. That the Committee on Ways and Meana be Inatmcted to 
prepare and report a bill to this House providing for the assesament and col- 
lection of said five per cent taxes In the same kind of funds aD<l subject to the 
same terms and conditions as taxes are assessed and collected upon the prop- 
erty mentioned In said act 

Mr. Lyon moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words 
" to prepare and report a bill to this House " and inserting in lieu 
thereof the words " to inquire into the expediency of.*' 

Mr. Rogers moved that the resohition and amendment be referred 
to the Committee" on Ways and Means; which latter motion pre- 
vailed. 

Mr. Gilmer presented the petition of the Society of Friends in 
North Carolina for the right of conscience and to be exempted from 
military ser\'ice ; which was referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr. J, M, Leacli presented a communication on the same subject; 
which was also referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 
Mr, Ayer introduced 

A bill " to indemnify persons who, in accordance with the provi- 
sions of the act of Congress approved May first, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-three, have paid five nundred dollars for the exemption of 
overseers that have since been conscriptetl or placed in the military 
service ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Also, a bill "to exempt from taxation the slave property of 
patriotic refugees which they are unable to employ in any profitable 
business ; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means, 

Mr, Witherspoon submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That from the tax on the value of property employed In aEcrlcnl- ■ 
ture under the first section of the act " to levy additional taxes for the common 
defense and support of the GJovemment," approved February seventeenth, eight- 
een hundred and sixty-foiir, shall be deducted the value of the tax in kind for 
the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three delivered to the Oovernment ; 

which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 

Mr. Miles intro<hiced 

A bill " for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the 
appointment of officers in said bureau ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr, Sexton moved to postpone the consideration of the Calendar; 
which motion prevailed. 

Mr, Rives presented the petition of R, W. N. Noland, of Albemarle 
County, Va., praying relief from the unequal operation of the tax 
law ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 



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Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved, That the President be respectfully requested. In addition to the 
correspondence heretofore communicated to Congress between the President 
nnd Secretary of War and GcQcrni Joseph E. Johnston in relation to the con. 
dnct of the war in the valley of the Mississippi, to oomuunlcate to Congress 
so much of said correspondence iis has not as yet been called for by this 
House, commencing with a letter of November twenty -fourth, eighteen hundred 
and sisty-two, addressed by General Johnston to Honorable Geoi^e W. Ran- 
dolph, Secretary of War, and including General Johnston's reply to the letter 
of the President of July last, which closes the published correspondeQce ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Gholson submitted the following resolution : 

Rcaolved, That the Special Committee on Impressments consider and report 
the true principle upon which " Just compensation " shall be made for private 
property taken or impressed for public use: and what legislation Is necessary 
to make all commissioners and Impressing officers conform to that principle, 
so that such compensation may be made in ail the States of the Confederacy 
according to the same rule; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Chilton presented a communication on the subject of the tax 
law ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Clopton introduced 

A bill " to amend so much of the tax law as requires one-tenth of 
the cotton, sweet potatoes, and ground pease to be paid to the Govern- 
ment, and to authorize commutation in certain cases; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Hanly introduced 

A joint resolution " requiring the Department of Justice to fur- 
nish the standing committees of the two Houses with printed copies 
of the acts of Congress ; " 

which was read a first and second time and, the rule having been 
suspended requiring it to be referred to a committee, was engrossed, 
read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution: 

Rf^olveil. That until otherwise ordered, the daily meetings of this House 
shall ly at eleven o'clock antemeridian. 

Mr. Miles moved to lay the resolution on the table; which motion 
prevailed. 

Mr. Anderson introduced 

A bill " to amend and extend an act in relation to the receipt of 
counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers, approved May first, 
eighteen himdred and sixty-tfiree; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post-OiBces and Post-Roads. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S. 5) " to provide passports for Senators 
and Representatives in Congress when traveling in the Confederate 
States, reported back the same with the recommendation that it do 
pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 



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Mr. A. H. Garland submitted the following amendment: 



which was agreed to. 

Mr. Heifikell submitted the following amendment (in the nature of 
a substitute) : 

Thnt the oertlficate nf the cl«rk!i of tbe reopeotlve Ilotism of CongreM, r«unter- 
fii^ed l>; tbe preHlding oOfoer, ot the iiietiiberHlilp nf each member of Conjcrees, 
nhnll entitle ttuch member to alt the prlvlleiceH of iiieml>ershlp and shall protect 
him from nil stoppage or molestation In pflsBinit through or remalnliiK at any 
point In the Confederate States, except within the lines of the Army or on board 
a Government vessel. 

Mr. Sexton moved the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on tlie amendment of Mr. Heiskell, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The bill having been read a third time, and the question being put, 

Shall the bill pass^ 

It was decided in the affirmative, 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to reconsider the vote by 
which the bill was passed. 

Mr. Foster called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Garland moved to amend the title by inserting after the word 
" Representatives " the words " Delegates and officers of each House."' 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate joint resolution (S. 3) "of thank.s to Missouri officers and 
soldiers in the Confederate service east of the Mississippi River," 
reported back the same with the ^^commendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution ana placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was then read a third time and passed, agd the 
title was read and agreed to, 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill {H. R. 39) " to protect citizens of the Confederate States 
from unjust and illegal impressments," 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further considenition, and that it be referred 
to the Special Committee on Impressments ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. ililes, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill (H. R, 54) "to amend on act entitled 'An act to organize 
military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States in the 
field, and to define the powers of said courts,' " 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The bill was postponed and placed on the Calendar. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill (H. R. 30) "to authorize the appointment of commissaries 
for regiments of cavalry," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 



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The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative, and the bill was engrossed, read a 
third time, and passed. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had also been referred 

A bill " more clearly to define the duties of persons between the ages 
of seventeen and eighteen years and between forty-five and fifty years, 
enrolled under the act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve dur- 
ing the war,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-fonr," 
reported Iwck the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The bill was postponed and placed on tlie Calendar. 

Mr. Sexton, from the Committee on Post -Offices and Post-Roads, to 
whom had been referred a Senate bill (S. 11) '" to extcn<l the franking 
privilege," reported back the same with the recommendation that it 
dojpass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative, and the bill was read a third time 
and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, from the Committee on Claims, to 
whom had been referred a Senate joint resolution (S. i) " for the 
relief of John D. Southerland," i-eported back the ^me with the rec- 
ommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

On motion of Mr. Hanly, 

The House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o clock. 

FOURTEENTH DAY— TUESDAY, May 17. 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode. 

Mr. Dupre moved to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill 
(S. 25) " for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brigadier- 
General Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army," was 
passed. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of the House, trans- 
mitting a copy of the report of J. D. B. De Bow, general agent of 
the produce loan for the State of Mississippi, on the condition of 
Government cotton contiguous to the Missis-sippi and its tributaries. 

On motion of Mr. Chambers, the communication and accompanying 
document were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. 

The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished busi- 
ness of yesterday; which was the joint resolution for the relief of 
John D. Souther^and. 

TTie pending question being on ordering the joint resolution to a 
(bird reading, ,(>(>olc 

It was decided in the negative. o 



70 JOURNAL OF THE (Mny 17, teat. ■ 

So the joint resolution was lost. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Claims, to whom had been 
referred the memorial of Capt. R, Press, Smith, reported back the 
same with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from 
its further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which was 
agreed to. 

Also, the memorial of Arthur Morgan, with the same recommenda- 
tion ; which was also agreed to. 

Mr. Perkins, from the Committee on Rules and Officers of the 
House, to whom had been referred the resolution of Mr. Foote to 
change the rule relating to secret sessions, reported back the same 
with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

Mr, Perkins also submitted a written report from the committee on 
that subject; which, on motion of Mr. Heiskell, was laid on the table 
and ordered to be printed. 

The question beine on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr, Foote demanded the yeas and nays ; which were ordered. 

Mr. Hilton moved the previous question ; 

Which was ordered, 

And the yeas and nays were recorded as follows: j NaysIIIIH 5i 

Yeas: Ayer, Bell, Boyce, Horatio W, Bruce, Cruikshank, Dupre, 
Echols, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, 
J. T. Leach, Logan, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Smith of 
North Carolina, Turner, Whitfield, and \Vitherspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Barksdale, Blandford, 
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, 
(.>»lyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Foster, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Ghmson, 
Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, John- 
ston, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, 
Miles, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Sexton, 
Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan, 
Triplett, and Welsh. 

So the resolution was not adopted. 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr, Chambers moved that the consideration of the Calendar be 
postponed; which motion prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Secre- 
tary; whidi is as follows, viz: 

Mr. speaker: The Senate Uave pnsaed, with amendments, a Joint resolution 
(H. R. 3) providing for tbc niipolntnietit of n sitecitil committee of the Senate 
and liousc of Representatives on the subject of ImpreHsnients. 

They have passed n bill <S. 28) to amend an net entitled "An act creating the 
oflice of enslRii in the Army of the Conferterate States ; " in which bill and 
amendmenta I am directed to H«k the concurrence of this House. 

I am also directed to communicate to this Houne a resolution of the Senate 
In respect to the adjournment of the present session of ConErees. 

Mr. Holliday, from the Committee on the Commissary and Quar- 
termaster's Departments, to whom had been referred a series of reso- 
lutions on the subject of impressments, reported back the same with 
the recommendation that the committee be discharged from their fur- 
ther consideration, and that they be referred to the Special Commit- 
tee on Impressments ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Elections, to whom had been 
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Haj 17, 18W.] HOUSE OF EEPBESEKTATIVES. 71 

A bill " to amend an act of this Congress entitled 'An act to provide 
for holding elections of Representatives in the Congress of the Con- 
federate States in the State of Tennessee; ' " 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
the following amendment : 

strike out the second section : which reads as follows, viz : 

"That in all elections held for the State of TenDessee, while any two of the 
districts thereof, or In caoe of vacuncy, while the district In which the vacancy 
occnre, are held by the public enemy, or a majority of the counties of such dis- 
tricts are so held by the public enemy, elections shall be held as well out of as 
In the State, according to the seventh section of said act," 
nod insert lu lieu thereof the following, vl?. : 

"That in all elections held under said act. polls shall be opened In the camps 
of the army as well out of as In the State, und the eieetlons sbiall be conducted 
otherwise as provided In suld act, as amended by this act" 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to, and the bill was 
en^ossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Barksdale, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of Treasury notes.' approved February seven- 
teenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- four; 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Moore moved to postpone the bill, print it, and make it the 
special order for Friday next, 1 o'clock. 

The motion was lost. 

The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on 
the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Swan moved that the bill be postponed until Friday next and 
printed. 
■ The motion was lost. 

Mr. Atkins moved to amend the bill by striking out the words 
" first day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-mur, east of the 
Mississippi River, and until the first day of August, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four, west of said river," and inserting in fieu thereof the" 
words " first day of January, eighteen hundi-ed and si.\ty-five." 

Pending which, 

Mr. Dupre, by unanimous consent, submitted the following reso- 
Intion : 

Reaolveil, That the Superintendent of Public Prlntlni?, until otherwise pro- 
vided for, be authorised to enter into private contracts for the printing ordered 
by this House, for which such allowance shall be made as the Committee on 
Printing may determine to be equitable, to be paid out of the contingent expenses 
of the House ; 

which was adopted. 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary, notifying the House that on the 13th instant the 
President approved and signed the following act entitled 

H. R, 67. An act to continue in force and amend the provisions of 
an act approved January 30, 1864, increasing the compensation of 



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certain officers and employees in the civil and legislative departments 
in Richmond. 

Also, that the President to-day approved and signed the following 
joint resolutions entitled 

H. R. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and 
Thirty-eighth regiments of North Carolina troops ; and 

H. K. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the 
Army of Northern Virginia. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, 

The House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock. 

FIFTEENTH DAY— WEDNESDAY, Mat 18, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer bv Rev. Dr. Minnigerode. 

Tlie Ctiair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 28) " to amend 
an act entitled 'An act creating the office of ensign in the Army of 
the Confederate States;'" which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a joint resolution {H. B. 3) " providing for the appoint- 
ment of a special committee of the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives on the subject of impressments; " which had been retiirned from 
the Senate with the following amendments : 

3 with the word " three." 
The amendments of the Senate were concurred in. 
The Chair also laid before the House the following resolution of 

the Senate : 
Resolved (the Houne of Representatives ooncvrring). Tlint the President of 

the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives niljourn their 

reapectlre Honaea, sine die, on Tuesday, the thlrty-flrst day of May Inatflnt. at 

twelve o'clock meridian. 

Mr, Garland moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on 
the Judiciary. 

Mr. Atkins called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
to refer was lost. 

Mr. Atkins called the question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the passage of the resolution, 

Mr. Johnston demanded the yeas and nays; 

^Vhich were ordered, 

( Yeas _ 41 

And are recorded as follows, viz: i fj^yg ""_ _" ~ ~_ 35 r36| 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley. Branch. 
Burnett, Chilton, Chrisman, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols. Foster, Fun- 
sten, Gaither, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Keeble. J. M. Leach. Lester, 
Lvon, Machen, McCallum, Menees, (>r, Pugh, Ramsay, Sexton, 
Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith. W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Villere, Welsh, and "^Tiitfield. 

Nays: Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Chambers, Clopton, Colvar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Farrow, 
Fuller, A. H. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell, Holliday, 



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JohnstoD, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Logan, Marshall, McMitllin, Miles, 
Miller, Montague, Murray, Perkins, Kead, Rives, Rogers, Itussell, 
Shewmake, and Witherspoon. 

So the resolution was pas.sed. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called 
the question; which was ordered, and the motion to reconsider was 
lost 

Mr, J. T. Leach introduced 

A bill " amending an act r^ulating the granting of furloughs and 
discharges in the Army and t^vy; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to.the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina entered a motion tu reconsider the 
vote by which the joint resolution " for the relief of John D. Souther- 
land " was lost. 

Mr. Ayer presented the memorial of S. B, Canaday, asking reliet 
for tax improperly paid; which was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Also, the memorial of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Fuller, executrix of Dr. 
Thomas Fuller, deceased, asking relief for property destroyed by 
the military authorities of the Confederate States; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims, 

Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution: 

Retotved. That the Committee on Post-OfHces and Post-Ronda Inquire and 
report uixin the espedleocy of establisblnE n dally mall route from Black 
Mingo to Cantley'8, In Williamsburg Clstrlct, South Curolluu ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Atkins submitted the following resolution : 

Rejoiced. Tbst no member of tbls House sball apeak lunger than tbirty min- 
ntes or more tban once on tbe sauie i|ueiitlou wltbuut unanimous conseDt. 

Mr. Atkins moved that the rule be suspended requiring the resolu- 
tion to lie over two days. 
The motion was agreed to. 

Mr, Atkins called the question ; which was ordered. 
The question being on the adoption of the resolution, 
Mr. McMullin demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

I Yeas 44 

And are recorded as follows, viz: ] jjjjyg ~_~ '_ 33 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bur- 
nett, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupr^, 
Echols, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, Hanly, Hartridge, Heis- 
kell, Hilton, Holder, Keeble, I^ester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCal- 
luno, Menees, Montague, Orr, Pugh, Rogers, Singleton, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carohna, Swan, Triplett, Viller^, 
Welsh, and AVhitfield. 

Nars: Baldwin, Barksdale, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Hora- 
tio W. Bruce, Chambers, Colyar, (5onrad, Fuller, A. H. Garland, 
Gholson, Gilmer, HoUiday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. T^each, J, T. 
Leach, Marshall, McMullin, Miles. Miller, Murray, Perkins, Ram- 
say, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simjison, Turner, and 
Witherspoon. 

Two-tliirds not voting in the affirmative, the resolution was.ltMU , 



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Mr. Atkins submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That hereafter the regular hour for the daily meetlm; of this House 
shall be eleveii o'clock antemeridian ; 

which was a<lopt«cl. 

Mr. Colyar submitted flie following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instmcted to Inquire 
Into the expediency of creating a new Htaff officer for each commanding gen- 
eral, wlw, under the first Bectlou of the act approved February seventeentb. 
eighteen hundred and sUty-tour, entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 
'An act to organize military courta to attend the Army of tbe Confederate 
States in the Held, and to define the powers of said courts,' approved October 
ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two," Is required to review the proceedings 
of said military courts In certain cases ; said staff office to be filled by an officer 
with tbe rank of colonel, who shall be tbe legal adviser of such commaoding 
general, and specially charged with the duties of reviewing said proceedings. 
Or, if the committee should think this Inexpedient, that it Inquire into tbe 
expediency of repealing so much of the first section as requires tbe commaadlng 
general to review said proceedings, leaving tbe duty aforesaid to tbe corps 
rommander. as It was prior to tbe passage of said law ; and if either be expe- 
dient, that a bill be reported for that purpose or report to tbe House wtiat 
leglslBtlou on this subject may be necessary ; 

which was adopted. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Regolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to Inquire Into 
the expediency of providing a law to more effectually prevent gaming by tmnded 
officers and their agents who have the handling of public money, and If In their 
opinion such law is exi>edieut, to report a bill for that punrase ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Colyar also introduced 

A bill " to provide against gaming by bonded officers and their 
agents in the Army ; " 

which was read a nrst and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly enrolled 

S. 12. An act to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of 
money contributed to build an ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State 
of South Carolina, and deposited therein ; and 

S, 25. An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late 
Brig, Gen, Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. Heiskell introduced 

A bill " to provide for losses by accident resulting from the destruc- 
tion of property to prevent its mlling into the hands of the enemy; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to inquire 
whal progress has been made In providing medals for soldiers of distinguished 
merit, and whether any further legislation Is necessary on the subject ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved iihe Senate concurring). That tbe Joint resolution fixing tbe time 
for tbe adjournment of the two Houses of Congress on the tblrty-flret day of 
May, eighteen hundred and aixty-four, is hereby rescinded. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the resolution was laid upon the table. 



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Mr. Miller submitted the following resolution : 

Betolved, Tbat It be referred tu the Committee on Militiiry AITalrs to Inquire 
tnto tbe expedient^' of autborizing hy Iiiw the uppoliitmeiit of uiie ustilstaat 
qoartenuaster. with the rank of captain, to each battalion of Infantry In the Pro- 
Tlslonal Army of the Confederate States of America ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A jouit resolution " relating to the construction of the act entitled 
'An act to organize forces to serve during the war,' approved Febru- 
ary seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 
which was read a nrst and second time. 

Mr. Chilton moved that the rule be suspended requiring the joint 
resolution to be referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the joint resolution, on motion of Mr. 
Miles, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution : 

Re»olved, That It be referred to the Committee on the Jndlclary to Inquire 
irbether any and what legislation may constltutlonHlly be adopted for the con- 
flscatloD of the property of those peraoDH who. being liable to render military 
service to the Confederate States, hare gone to a foreign eountr7 to avoid sutji 
•errlce, and tbat said committee report by bill or otherwise; 

which was ad<^ted. 

Also, the following resolution: 

Retotvcd, That tbe Committee oa Ways and Meana Inquire Into the expe- 
diency of so amending the existing tax law as to exempt from taxation property 
wblcb baa been asscesed, but which before the imymeut of tbe tax thereon has 
been destroyed without any fault of the owner, and that said committee report 
by bill or otherwlee ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Foster presented the claim of Geo. W. Foster for compensation 
for property destroyed by the enemy; which was referred to the 
Committee on Claims. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce presented certain communications touching re- 
strictions on foreign commerce ; which were referred to the Commit- 
tee on Commerce. 

Mr. J. T. Leach submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, Tbat the Committee on the Judiciary he Instructed to report to thla 
House, by bill or otherwise, the n(>ceeslty and lm[xirtniK.-e of passing a law 
eHtabllBbIng a umrt of claims to adjudicate such claims us may be brought 
against the Confederate Government ; 

which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Dupr6 introduced 

A bill to provide for the safe custody, printing, publication, and 
distribution of the laws, and to provide for the appointment of an 
additional clerk in the Department of Justice ; " 
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
Printing, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to authorize the appointment of chief clerks in the bureaus 
of several Executive Departments; " . 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Chambers moved that tne consideration of the Caleii^ 
poBtpcoied; which motion prevailed. 



76 JOURNAL OF THE [iUy 18. 1864. 

A messase was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have pasnei]. without uuieudmeut. a bill. (H, R. 2) 
to provide for the redeuiptlon of tbe old Issue of Treasury notcB beld by cer- 
tain Indian tribes. 

They have passed, with an amendmeDt, a bill <H. R. 68) to exempt railroad 
companies from the pnyuent of (-ertain duties. 

They have passed bills of the followiog titles, viz: 

8. 21. An act to ameud au act entitled "An set to reduce the currency and to 
authorize a Dew Issue of notes and bonds," n|>proved February IT, 1864 ; and 

8. 31. An act to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional 
Army, and to puuieh lawlensnes-s and Irregularities of any portions thereof; 

In which amendment and bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this 

The President of the Confederate States biut notlQed the Senate that he did, 
ou the 17th Instant, approve and sign Joint resolutloiitj of the followlni; titles, 

S. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to Major-Genernl Hoke and Commander 
Cooke and the officers and men under their command for the brilliant victory 
over the enemy at Plymouth, N. 0. ; and 

S. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to Gener«l FInegaa and tbe oSicera and men 
of bis command. 

The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished busi- 
ness of yesterday ; which was the bill " to amend an act entitled 'An 
act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of Treasury 
notes,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four." 

Mr. Machen submitted the following amendment (in the nature of 
a substitute) : 

That all loyal persons of the Confederate Ktntes, within the Federal lines, 
who bold Confederate noten of the old issue, and which were owned and' 
possessed by them previous to the first d>iy of April, eighteen hundred and 
Blity-four, and who from their position within tbe Ilnea of the enemy were 
unable to fund the same within the time prescribed in the act entitled "An 
act to reduce tbe currency and to authorize a new iBsue of notes and twnds," 
approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sinty-four, shall be 
entitled to fund the same In accordance with the pi-ovlslona o( siiid act. at anj- 
time from tbe passage of this act until tbe expiration of thirty days after a 
treaty of peace between the United States and the Confederate States : Provided. 
That the party holding said notes shall make oath In pro|ter form of taw that 
they were In their possession previous to the first day of April, eighteen hundred 
nud sixty-four, und bnve been held by them sinee, and bnve not l>een used and 
circulated IIS currency, or. if held by them by Inherlionce or as a legacy, that tbe 
same were held by their ancestor or devisor previous to the said first of April, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four. 

Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the amend- 
ment of Mr. ^achen was agreed to. 

Mr. Atkins moved to amend the bill by striking out the words 
"above the denomination of five dollars." 

The amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. H. W. Bruce submitted the following amendment : 

Add at tbe end the following: "The provisions of this act shall apply to per- 
sons within the enemy's lines at any time when they may be able to get their 
money out of said enemy's lines; " 

which was not agreed t(t 
Mr. Meiiees submitted the following amendment : 
Insert ofter the words "eltizena of tlie Confederiile States" the words "or 



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Mr. Hanlj moved the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amenament of Mr. Menees, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Akin moved that the House adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Machen, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to be engrossed and 
read a tnird time, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 
. Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to reconsider the vote by 
which the bill was ordered to its engrossment ; which motion pre- 
vailed. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following amendment: 

iDsert after the word " fnud " the words " at par In Tour per cent bonds ;" 

which was agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment: 



which was agreed to. 

Mr. Akin submitted the following amendment : 

Add at the end of the bill the following ; "And provided further. That any cltl- 
!«-n of the ConFederate States now held by the United Stntes as a prisoner shall 
liave three months after be is released or exchanged in which to fund the Treas- 
ury notes of the Coiife<lernte States lie may have held tit the time of bis ctipture, 
I>rovlded he held said notes on the first day of April, eighteen hundred and slxty- 
foor, and was cnpture<l bpfore tliat time, or was otherwise prevented from 
faodlng said notes as provided In this act." 

Mr. Barksdale called the question; which was ordered, and the 
amendment of Mr, Akin' was agreed to. 

Mr. Swan moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Com- 
niittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Foote moved to lay the motion to recommit on the table; 
which latter motion did not prevail, and the motion to recommit was 
lost. 

Mr. Atkins called the question; which was ordered, and the bill 
was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the Special Committee on 
the Subject of Impressments: 

Mr. Baldwin of Virginia, Mr. Chambers of Mississippi, Mr. Chil- 
ton of Alabama, Mr. Hartridge of Georgia, and Mr. Hanly of Ar- 
kansas. 

On motion of Mr. Moore, 

The House adjourned. 



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SIXTEENTH DAY— THURSDAY, May 19, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The Chair laid before the HouKe the following communications 
from the President; which were referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means and ordered to be printed : 

IticHUONii, Va.. i/ajr 18. lS6i. 
To the ffenale and Houiic of Rcprexentatives: 

I berewitb trnneniit for your consideration a (x>iuniuDiratioQ from tlie Secretary 
of tbe Treasury, eulimltting au estimate of an additional appropriation required 
for tbe support of the GovernmeuL 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

RicHUOND. Va., Hap 18, ISGi. ■ 
To the Senate and Bouse of Repreientalircs: 

I berewitb transmit for your consideration a communlcatiou from tbe Attor- 
ney-General. Bubniltting estimatee of additional appropriations required for the 
support of tbe Government. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The Chair also laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 21) "to 
amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to authorize 
a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February seventeenth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " which was read a first and second 
time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 31) " to promote tlie efficiency of the cavalry 
of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities 
of any portions thereof; which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Also, a bill " to exempt railroad companies from the payment of 
certain duties; " which had been returned from the Senate with the 
following amendment: 



Mr. Machen moved to suspend the rule requiring the amendment 
to be referred to a committee; which motion prevailed, and the 
amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the order of the 
day for the morning hour, viz : 

The resolution of Mr. Foote to repeal the act suspending the privi- 
lege [of the writ] of habeas corpus. 

Pending which, 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Hartridge moved that tne consideration of the Calendar be 
postponed; which motion prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; whidi is as follows, viz : 

ilr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have passed, without amendment. Joint reeolutlDus 
of tills House of tbe followluf: titles, viz : 

H. n. 4. Joint resolution of thanks to Maj. Gen. N. B. Forrest and tbe officers 
iLUd men of bis coiuniaiid for tbeir i-ampaign In MIsslBsippi, weet Tennefisee. nnd 
Kentucky; oud 

H. R. 0. Joint reHulutlon authorizing the auditing of accounts of meml>ers for 
pay aud mileage. 

Tliey have passed bills of the following titles, viz: 

8. 7, An act to amend an act entitled "'Au act to provide for the payment of 



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the interest on the removnl Hnd subsistence fund due the Cherokee Indians In 
North Carolina," so hb to authorize the Secretary of War to pay the [nterest in 
ntsh or proTislons ; and 

8. 33. An act to regulate the compenBatlon and mileage of members of Con- 
gress for the present session ; 

In whichj am directed to ask the concurrence of tbla House. 

Mr. Foote moved to postpone the further consideration of the reso- 
lution until to-morrow. 

The motion prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 7) " to amend an 
act entitled 'An act to provide for the payment of the interest on the 
removal and subsistence fund due the Cherokee Indians in North 
Carolina,' so as to authorize the Secretary of War to pay the interest 
in cash or provisions; " which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 33) " to regulate the compensation and mile- 
age of members of Congress for the present session;" which was 
read a first and second time. 

Mr. Moore moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be re- 
ferred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee on 
Pay and Mileage. 

The Chair laid before the House the memorial of the president and 
trustees of Hampden-Sidney College, asking a modification of the tax 
law ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a communication from the governor of Virginia, transmitting 
preamble and resolutions of the legislature of Virginia, asserting the 
jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State over her ancient boimdaries ; 
which was referred to the, Committee on the Judiciary and ordered 
to be printed. 

Mr. Farrow, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution " to prevent restrictions upon the right of mem- 
bers of Congress to visit sick and wounded officers and soldiers in 
hospitals; " 

which was read a first and second time and the joint resolution was 
ordered to be engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Marshall moved to refer the joint resolution to the Committee 
on the Medical Department. 

Mr, Welsh called the question; which was ordered, and the motion 
to refer was lost. 

The question recurring, 

And beinf^ put, 

Shall the ]oint resolution pass? 

It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and 
agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Garland, 

The House adjourned. 



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SEVENTEENTH DAY— FRIDAY, Mat 20, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Eev. Dr. Minnigerode. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., Maj/ 19, 186i. 
To the Senate and Bouse of Repre»entativrs: 

I herewith traiisult for your loforiDatlOD n coouiiualcatloa from tbe Seoretaiy 
of War, covering n copy of the '" reportB of General Bragg and his subordinate 
conimanilers of the hattle of Chickaraauga." 

JEFFERSON DAVI8. 

The communication and accompanying documents were laid upon 
the table and ordered to be printed. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the order of the 
day, viz :' 

Tiie resolution of Mr. Foote to repeal the act suspending the privi- 
lege of the writ of hal>eas corpu.s. 

Pending which, 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Pugh moved that the consideration of the Calendar be post- 
poned ; which motion prevailed. 

Mr, Pueh moved to lay the resolution on the table. 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered. 

And are recorded as follows, viz: j Wo^e or 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce, 
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Qiil- 
ton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, 
Dupro, Echols, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, A, H. Garland, Hanly, 
Hartridge, lleiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Ma- 
chen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague. Moore, Perkins, 
Pugh, Head, Russell, Sexton, Shewmnke, Sin^eton, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Villerg, Welsh, Whitfield, 
Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Cniikshank, Farrow, Foote, Fuller. 
Gholson, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. I>}ach, J. T. Leach, Lester, 
Logan, Marshall, McMuUin, Murray. Orr, Ramsay, Rives, Rogers, 
Simpson, Smith of North Carolina, and Turner. 

So the motion to lay the resolution on the table prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, a hlH and Joint 
resolution of this House ot the following titles, viz: 

H. R. li. JolDt resolution riHinlrliit; the DenartmeDt of Justice to fnnilsli the 
standing committees of the two Houses with printed copies of tbe acts of Con- 
gress : and 

H. R. 30. An act to authorize the appointment of commissaries for regiments 
()f cavalry. 
Tbey have passed bills and a Joint resolution of the following titles, vis: 
S. 10. Ad act to amend an act entitled "An net to aid any State In comsanl- 
catlng with and perfecting records concerning Its troops," approved Fehruar; 16. 
1864; 



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S. 13. An net to extend to tlie Nnvy and Marine Corps tbe provlsloos of tbe 
tblrd sectloD of an act to organise forces to serve during tbe war, npproTed 
February 17. 1804 ; 

S. 34. Ad net to provide for tbe compensation of noDcommisBlnned offlcera, 
BoIdlerH. sailors, aod marines on detailed service; and 

S. 7. Joint resolution In regard to tbe exemption of editors and employees of 
iien-spHt^nt ; 

In wblcb I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of tbis House. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 13) "to extend 
to the Navy and Mai^ne Corps the provisions of the third section 
of an act to organize forces to serve during the war, approved Feb- 
ruarj' seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;" which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Naval 
Affairs. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 7) "in regard to the exemp- 
tion of editors and employees of newspapers; " which was read a finrt 
and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. ; 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 34) "to provide for the compensation of ^ 
noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detaile^''^ 
service; " which was read a first and second time and referr^ to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. * s. "^ 

Also, a Senate bill ^S, 10) " to amend an act entitleif 'An mI to aid 
any State in communicating with and perfecting recoi;fte concerning * 
its troops,' approved sixteenth February, eighteen hi^dred and sixty- ; 
four; ■' which was read a first and seccMtd timtpnd referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. r 

Also, a communication from th^^resident ; which was read as fol- 
lows, viz : • 
To the House of Bepresentatives of theiUfinfeaerate States of America: 

Tbe following resolution, passed by tbe House on the 14tb instant, has been 
received : 

** Remilied. That the President be requtsted Ai inform the House, If not Incom- 
patible with tbe public Interest, whether tbe reasons given In bis special messaK<' 
for KUst)endliig tbe writ of Jiabeas corpus still exist, and what additional reii- 
Boua now eslst to such ektei^Ubat the public safety requires tbe continuance 
of tbe suspension thereof." 

In my opinion, the reasons given la the special nicesage transmitted to Con- 
gress at its last session, recommending the suspension of tbe writ of habeas 
corpus, still exist In uudlminlsbed force, and tbe present juncture especially 
requires the continuance of the suspension. The effects of the law for that pur- 
pose have been most salutary, and to that law. In no Inconsiderable degree, 
are we indebted for tbe Increased efficiency of tbe military preparations wblcb 
have enabled our gallant armies, under the providence of God, to beat back tbe 
vast invading forces, wblcb still threaten un. 

In my judgment. It would be perilous. If not calamitous, to discontinue the 
suspension while the armies of the enemy are pressing on our brave defenders 
witb persistent effort for tbeir destruction and for the subjugation of ow 
country. 

It is a source of gratlQcatlon to be able to Inform you that tbe mere passage 
of the law suspending the writ was so effectual In restraining those who were 
engaged In treasonable practices, and In dangerous complicity with our enemies, 
that the Instflnces are very few In which arrests were found necessary. 

The effect of the law. In preventing the abuse of the writ, foe the purpose 
of avoiding military service, by men whose plain duty It Is to defend their coun- 
try, can hardly be overestimated. 

Tbe sensitiveness exhibited In different parts of the country to tbe legislation 
on tbis subject Is indicative of the love of freedom which Is Innate among tbe 
people, and wblcb should ever be cberlebed as tbe sole guarantee for the preser- 

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TatloD of tbeir coDstltutlonul liberties. It Is not doubted, however, that If those 
wbo bave expicssed dlmatisfactioD witb the law, bad be«n In poseeesloD of the 
Information wblcb It was uiy duty to communicate to yoii. and which may not 
yet be revealed without Injury to tbe imbllc Interest they would Cully have 
ai^rove<l tbe exercise of tbe power of susi>endlng the writ, which was Intrusted 
to Congress by the Constitution. All trusts impose duties. The power was 
Intrusted expressly with the Intent that It should be used when necessary to 
the public safet.v in case of Invasion, Congress, concurring with me that the 
exigency had arisen which required the exercise of tbe power, performed but 
a plain duty in passing tbe law, and such will. I doubt not, be the Judgment of 
tbe people when the facts can be made known without detriment to tbelr 
Interest 

JBPFBESON DAVIS. 
Richmond. Va.. May 20. ISSi. 

Mr. Russell moved that the communication be print«d and referred 
to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Conrad moved to postpone the motion of Mr. Russell until to- 
niorrotv, and make it the special order for the morning hour ; which 
latter motion prevailed. 

Under a general suspension of the rules, Mr. Barksdale presented 
the petition of Joshua and Thomas Green, asking compensation for 
property seized by the military authorities; which was referred to 
the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Conrad introduced 

A* bill " for the establishment and equalization of the grades of 
officers of the Navy, and for other purposes; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Naval Affairs. 

Mr. Conrad presented the memorial of C. Williams, asking for a 
special appropriation for constructing a submarine vessel for attack- 
ing the enemy's vessels with torpedoes and for fixing and removing 
submarine defenses ; which was referred to the Committee on Nav^ 
Affairs. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, 

The House adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 

EIGHTEENTH DAY— SATURDAY, May 21, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode. 

Several members appeared, were sworn to support the Constitution 
of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House, viz: 

Mr. Rufus K. Garland, of Arkansas. 

Mr. Simpson H, Morgan, of Texas. 

Mr. William R. Smith, of Alabama. 

The House proceeded to the consideration of the special order, viz : 

The motion of Mr. Russell to print the communication from the 
President and refer it to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Pending which, 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. McMullin moved that tiie consideration of the Calendar be 
postponed ; which motion prevailed. 



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A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have concurred lu tbe ameodmeiite of this House to 
the bill <S. S) to provide pasxports (or Senatora and Representatives in Coq- 
grees when traveling In the Confederate States. 

Tbey bave passed btlls of tbe following titles, viz : 

a 9. An act for tbe relief of Green T. Hill ; and 

8. 32. An act to aatborize the appointment of general officers wltli temporary 
ranlt and command, and to deQne and limit the power of assigning offlcers to 
command : 

In whicb I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

Tbe President of tbe Confederate States has notified tbe Senate tbat he did, 
on ttte 19th instant, approve and aign tbe following actn: 

8- 12. An act to anthorlze the withdrawal from tbe Treasory of money con- 
tributed to build HD Ironclad guntx>at by ladles of the State of South Carolina, 
and d^welted therein ; and 

8. 25. An art for the relief of tl»e widow and heirs of the late Brig. Geu. Leroy 
A. Stafford, of tbe Confederate States Army. 

Mr. Welsh called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
of Mr. Russell prevailed. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote by which the motion 
prevailed, and called the question; which was ordered, and the 
motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Atkins submitted the following resolutions: 

Retolved. Tbat the members of this House have heard of the death of the 
Honorable David M. Currln. the Ilepreaentatlve-elect for the Eleventh Con- 
gre«BloDal district from the State of TenneHSee. wltb most painful r^ret. 

Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family In tbia tbelt 
Irreparable affliction, and request tbe Spealcer to forward to them a copy of 
these resolutions as a slight testimonial of our appreciation of the virtues and 
moral worth of our departed comrade. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to tbe Senate. 

Reaolved, As a mark of further respect for the memory of the deceased, tbat 
ttiis House do now adjourn ; 

which were unanimously adopted. 

In pursuance of the last resolution. 

The Chair announced that the House stood adjourned until 11 
o'clock Monday. 

NINETEENTH DAY— MONDAY, May 23, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Sec- 
retary of the Treasury in relation to appropriations to meet the 
expenditures of the Government; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Garland, so much of the communication as 
relates to the Impressment law was referred to the Special Committee 



A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 
Mr. Speaker: The Senate bave passed Mils of tbe following titles, vb. : 
8, 14. A bill to amend an act entitled "An act to provide an Invalid i-orps." 
approved February 17. I8«4; 

8.39. A bill to amend tbe several acts In regariJ to chaplains: 

8.40. A bill to amend the art to allow commissioned ofBcers of the Army 

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rations and tlio iirivllcKC of iiurcUafling clutliliig rroiu tbe Quartpruinitpr's 
Depflrtiueiit, niiproved February 17. 1884; n«il 

S. 41. A bill to provide for tUo nppolntnu'iit of a dixbursing clerk In the War 
Depurtuent : 

111 whlpb 1 aui dirwted to ask the ranfurreiicc of this House. 

The Chair laid before tlie House a Senate bill (S. 39) "to amend 
the several acts in rejjarJ to ohaplainH; ■' which was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee on "Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 14) "to amend an act entitled 'An act to 

Erovide an invalid corps,' approved F'ebruary seventeenth, eiffhteen 
undred and sixty-four;" which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill {S. ft) "for the'relief of Green T. HiU;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 3ii) " to authorize the appointment of 
general officers with temporary rank and command, and to define 
and limit the power of assigning officers to commands ; " which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Mili- 
tary Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 40) '* to amend the act to allow commis- 
sioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purchasing 
clothing from the Qnnrterniastcr's Department, approved seven- 
teenth Febniarj', eighteen himdred and sixty-four;" which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 41) "to provide for the appointment of a 
disbursing clerk in the War Department;" which was read a first 
and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve 
during the war,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and stn-ond time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Singleton presented a communication from Wm. H. Cody rela- 
tive to telegraphic operations throughout the Confederacy; which 
was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Orr introduced 

A bill " to repeal the acts granting exemptions from military 
service ; " 

which was i-cad a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, J. T. T^each introduced 

A joint resolution " in relation to the war and in favor of peace by 
negotiation." 

Air. Foote moved to refer the joint i-enoliition to the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs. 

Mr. Ileiskell moved to lay the joint resolution on the table. 

Mr. J. T. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

'Wliich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] J^yty-Z/S/SS.'.:'.:::: It [21] 
Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barl^ale. Blandford, 



MaT&3, lSft4.] HOUSE OF HEPHESBNTATIVES. 85 

IJoycc, Bradley, EU M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chil- 
liui, Chrisinaii, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Ik', Jarnette, Dickinsoii, 
I'lipre, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode. Hanly, 
Ilartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, IloUiday, Johnston, Keebie, 
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Rogers, 
Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J, M. Smith, 
SUples, Swan, Viller^, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Akin, Bell, Cruikshank, Echols, Foote, Fuller, A. H. Gar- 
land, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, 
Lester, Logan, Marshall, Ramsay, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Triplett, and Turner. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from Hon. 
Charles F. Collier, announcing his purpose to withdraw from the 
contest for the representation of the Fourth Congressional district of 
Virginia in the present Congress; which was laid upon the table. 

Mr. J. M. Leach submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Wajs aud Meuns he Inntructed to Inquire 
iDtxi tbe Justice and expediency of exempting from tbe tithe tax all persous 
wbo cultivate rented landK. nrxl also all penmns who do not employ slave 
labor: Provided, That sucli persona produce no surplus, hut only a support; 
and report by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Gilmer presented the petition of N. E. Scales, major and quar- 
termaster, Wilcox's division, asking relief from liabilities incurred 
by loss of papers; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr, Ramsay submitted the following resolution: 

Bcaolved. That tbe Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
Into tbe propriety of increoelng tbe pay of marshals, and report by bill or 
otberwlfie ; 

which was adopted, 

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced 

A bill " to provide for State defense during the war; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Logan presented the memorial of sundry citizens, asking the 
establishment of a mail route from Rutherford, N. C., to Spartan- 
burg, S. C. ; which was referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and 
Post- Road 5. 

Mr. Logan introduced 

A bill " to amend the forty-eighth chapter of an act passed at the 
fourth session of the First Congress, I'egulating the granting of fur- 
loughs ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Logan moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be re- 
ferred to a committee; which motion was lost, ana, on motion of Mr, 
Miles, the bill was referred to the Committee on the Medical Depart- 
ment. 

Mr. Logan introduced 

A bill "to increase the pay of the private soldiers in the s 
of the Confederate States of America; " 



86 JOURNAL OF THE (««T 28, 1864. 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Witnerspoon introduced 

A joint resohition " of thanks to the officers and men of the Twenty- 
first, Twenty-fifth, and Twenty-seventh regiments of South Carolina 
Volunteers ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Menees introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to 
serve during the war,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty- four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Atkms Submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That tlie Committee on Military AfCnlrs be iDstmctetl to report a 
bill amending tbe act approved seveDteentb of Februtiry. eighteen buodred and 
8lxty-four, " to organlsie forces to serve during tbe war." so as to repeal tbat 
feature exeniptlng tbe owners of farms having thereon flfteen able-bodied 
working bands. 

Mr. Pugh moved to refer the bill to the Conmiittee on Military 
Affairs. 

Upon which motion Mr. Atkins demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 48 

And recorded as follows, viz: { jjavs 38 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Baldwin, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Chil- 
ton, Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr^, 
Echols, Farrow, Foster, FuDsten, Gaither, Uholson, Gilmer, Goode, 
Hartridge, HoUiday, Johnston, Lamkin. J. T. Ijeach, Lester, Logan, 
Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins,. Pugh, 
Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Villere, and Wither- 
spoon. 

Nays: Atkins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradlev, Horatio W. Bruce, Cham- 
bers, Colyar, Foote, A. H. Garland, R. iJt. Garland, Hanly, Heiskell, 
Hilton, Holder, Keeble, J. M, Tjeach, McCallum, McMuIlin, Menees, 
Miller, Murray, Russell, Singleton, J, M. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Turner, Welsh, and Whitfield. 

So the motion to refer prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Branch (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

Mr. Heiskell presented the memorial of J. F. McClure, quarter- 
master, asking relief from liabilities incurred by loss of papers be- 
longing to his office ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Foote presented a communication from Z. McDaniel, touching 
the defenses around Richmond with torpedoes; which was referred 
to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Also, the claim of Wyatt H. Cardwell for compensation for serv- 
ices as clerk to the Committee on Illegal Seizures, etc. 

Mr. Russell presented the account of Henry Exall, architect, for 
making plans and drawings for flags and seals; which was referred 
to the Committee on Claims. 



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lUj 23. 1864.1 HOUSE OF BEPBE8ENTATIVES. 87 

Mr. Ue Jarnette introduced 

A bill " to suspend the collection of the tax in kind in certain 
cases; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Coramittee on 
Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. De Jarnette submitted the following resolution : 

ReMlved, That tbe Committee on Waj^ and Meaus be instructed to inquire 
Into tbe ex])edie[i('.v of no nmeudluK. by bill or otherwise, ud act approved the 
Berenteenth day of February, elghteeu huodred aud elxty-four. entitled "Au net 
to lev; additional taxes for Xbe common defense and support of the Goveru- 
□lent," aa to relieve from taxation stocks or bonds held by feme soles, widows, 
and orphans whose oulj support is the Interest or Income on said stocks or 
bonds: Provided. That ttie amount so exempted from taxation shall not exceed 
ten thouftand dollars to each Individual ; 
which was adopted. 

Mr. Baldwin presented the petition of Thos. L. Pleasants, asking 
a modification of the mode of assessing lands purdiased since Ifetil ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved. That tbe Committee on Fost-Offlces and Fost-Roads Inquire Into 
the expediency of authorising the settlement os principles of equity or tlH> 
accounts of mail contractors who have been prevented by the public cueiny or 
tbe casualties of war from performing their contracts; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved, That tbe Committee on Rules and Ofllcers of tbe House report a 
rule for adoption by this House providing Bubstantinlly na follows : 

On n motion made and seconded to go Into secret session the vote shall be 
Iflben without debate, and If a majority be found In favor of the secret aesslou. 
tlie House shall Ite cleared and the doors be closed. Tbe uiatter for which 
a secret session Is desired shall theu be discussed, and thereupon tbe question 
shall be put, "Shall this matter 1)0 lonsldei'ed In-secret aesslou? " If ui>oii the 
vote two-thirds be found for a secret session It shall be held, but otherwise the 
doors xhalt again be opened. 

Mr. Swan moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on 
Rule» and Officers of the House ; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. McMuUin presented the petition of sundry citizens of Scott 
County, Va., asking to be relieved from the payment of the tax 
in kind and in money; which was referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means. 

Mr. Miller presented the memorial of employees of the Govern- 
ment, asking the privilege of purchasing the necessaries of life from 
the (jovemment at Government prices; which was referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. 

A. message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; whiSi is as follows, viz : 

Ur. Speaker: Tbe Senate has passed a bill <S. 20) to establish a bureau of 
foreign supplies ; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H, R. 30. An act to authorize the appointment of commissaries for 
regiments of cavalry ; 

H. R, 2. An act to provide for the redemption of the old issue of 
Treasury notes held by certain Indian tribes; 

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88 JOUBNAL OF THE [Hsy 23, 1864. 

H. R. 68. An act to exempt rnilroud companies from the payment 
of certain duties; 

H. R. 4. Joint resolution of thanks to Miii. (Jen. N. B. Forrest 
and the officers and men of his command for tlieir campaign in Mis- 
sissippi, west Tennessee, and Kentucky ; 

H. R. 5. Joint resolution authorizing the auditing of accounts of 
members for pay and mileage; 

H. R. 6. Joint resolution requiring the Department of Justice to 
furnish the standing committees of the two Houses with printed 
copies of the acts of Congress ; 

h. 5. An act to provide passports for Senators and Representatives 
in Congress when traveling in the Confederate States ; 

S. 11. An act to extend the franking privilege ; and 

S. 3. Joint resolution of thanks to Missouri officers and soldiers in 
the Confederate service east of the Mississippi River. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. Read moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolu- 
tion " in relation to the war and in favor of peace by negotiation" 
was laid upon the table, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
which were not ordered, and the motion was lost. 

Mr. Hilton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred a bill " to inci-ease the pay of the officers and soldiers of 
the Army of the Confederate States," and a bill " to increatie (ho 
pay of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army of the 
Confederate States," under a suspension of the rules, reported back 
the same with the recommendation that the committee be discharged 
from their further consideration, and that they do lie upon the tame ; 
which was agreed to. 

Mr. Hilton, from the same committee, reported 

A bill "to increase the compensation of the noncommissioned offi- 
cers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Tlie question being on postponing the bill and placing it on tlie 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr, Murray moved to amend the bill by striking out after the 
words " seven dollars per month " the following: 

in lieu of the temporary bounty provided bj tbe tbird Bectlon of an act enti- 
tled "An act to organize forces to serve during the war," approved Pebruorr 
seven tc^'ntb, eighteen luindred and alxty-fonr; and tbe said third section of 
said act la hereby reiienled as to nil noiR-ommlssloned officers, privates, and 
muslclnns who are now living, bat shall remain In force as to the repreeenta- 
tlvea of auch as have died since tlie passage of said act 



Mr. Welsh moved the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Murray, 

Mr. McMullin demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■( ^^vs 5 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, 
Boyce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, 
Colyar, Conrau, Cruikshank, De Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, 
Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, 



lUy2S, 18W.1 HOUSE OF BE PRESENT ATIVES. 89 

Holder. Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkio, J. M. Leach, J. T. 
Lea4.-h, Lester, I^gan, liyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Meneea, 
Mill«r. Montaeiie, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pngh, Ramsay, 
Read, Kives, Ro^rs, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton. J. M, 
Smith. \V. E. Smith, Smith of North Carohna, Smith of Alabama, 
Swan, Triplett, Ville^, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Blandford, Chambers, Gholson, Miles, and Shewmake. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

The hill was then engrossed and read a third time, and the question 
recurring on its passage, 

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

jYeas 78 



Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, 
Boyce. Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, 
Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dick- 
inson, Echols, Farrow, foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, A. H, Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Ilartridge, Heiskell, 
Hilton, Holder, Holliday, John-ston, Keeble, Lamkin, JT M. Leach, 
J. T. Ijeach, Ijester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Mc- 
Mullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Per- 
kins, Pugh, Ramsay, Bead, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, 
Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Smith of Alabama, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Villere, Welsh, Whitfield, 
Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Xays : Blandford, Dupre, and Shewmake. 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Marshall moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 



Mr- Foote moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table; 
which latter motion prevailed. 

And the title was read and agreed to. 

A. message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Seuate have pasaed n bill (S. 30) to amend an act to 
Impose regulations upon the roreisn («iiinier<« ot the Confederate Statea to 
provide for the public defense, approved February it, 1804 ; In which I am 
directed to nuk the txiuciirrence iif this House. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution : 

Re-iotved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to report to 
tlie House n bill which shall provide hy tasatlon a revenue sufflcient to pay each 
DODCommissl lined ofBcer. private, and musician In the uillltiiry service the addi- 
tional coiui>ensatloD of seven dollars per oionth. 

The question being on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas _ _ 74 

And recorded as follows, viz: < Nayg'"''"""'""!--"-' "_ 6 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Boyce, 
Bradlej-. Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Cliambers, Chilton, Chris- 
man, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, 



90 JOURNAL OF THE [Mw 24. I8ft4. 

Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, 
Hilton, HoUiday, Kwble, Lamkin, J. M. Leacn, J. T. L^ch, Lester, 
Logan, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, McMulIin, Menees, 
Miles, Miller, Montague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Ram- 
say. Read, Rives, Kussell, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, 
Triplett, Turner, Villere, Welsh, MTiitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Bell, Blandford, Clopton, Dupr^, Johnston, and Shewmake. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, under a suspen- 
sion of the rules, reported 

A bill " to amend the tax laws; " 
which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special 
order for Wednesday next, 13 o'clock, and from day to day, and or- 
dered to be printed. 

Mr. Colyar, from the same committee, submitted a minority report; 
which, on motion of Mr. Atkins, was laid upon the table ana ordered 
to be printed. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend an act approved seventeenth of February, eight- 
een hundred and sixty-four, entitled 'An act to amend an act entitled 
"An act to lay taxes for the common defense and carry on the Gov- 
ernment of the Confederate State-s," approved twenty-fourth of 
April, eighteen hundred and sixty-three; ' ' 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special 
order for Wednesday next immediately after the bill " to amend the 
tax laws," and from day to day, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr, Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to amend the law levying a tax in kind," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the following 
resolution : 

Resolved, That the thanks of the House of Repreeentatives of the Confederate 
BtateH lire hereby uniiiiliuouBly tendered to the cadets of the Virginia Military 
Institute and the officers who conimanded them for tbeir sallant conduct In the 
battle of the flfteenth Instant, near New Market, in the Shenandoah Valley ot 
Virginia. 

Regolreil further. That the Speaker of tbe Rouse communicate this resolution 
to the cadets In such form and at such time as may aeem to him proper. 

Mr. Swan called the question ; which was ordered, and the resolu- 
tion was adopted. 
Mr. Heiskell moved that the House resolve itself into secret session. 
Pending which. 
On motion of Mr. J. M. Leach, 
The House adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 

TWENTIETH DAY— TUESDAY, Mat 24, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 20) " to estab- 
lish a bureau of foreign supplies; " which was read a first and second 
time. 



H>7 24, 1884.1 HOUSE OF BEPBE8ENTATIVES. 91 

Mr. Perkins moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Commerce. 

Mr. Ewing and Mr. Elliott, members from Kentucky, appeared, 
were sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, 
and took their seats in the House. 

The Cliair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 30) '' to amend 
an act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the 
Confederate States to provide for the public defense, approved 
February sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " which was read 
n first and second time and referred to the Committee on Commerce. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S, 10) " to amend an act entitled 'An 
act to aid any State in communicating with and perfecting records 
concerning its troops,' approved sixteenth February, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four," reported back the same with the recommenda- 
tion that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and parsed, and the title was lead 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred a 
Senate joint resolution (S. 7) " in regard to the exemption of editors 
aud employees of newspapers," reported back tbe same with the 
recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was read a third time and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 28) "to amend an act entitled 'An act creating the 
office of ensign in the Army of the Confederate States,' " reported 
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 39) "to amend the several acts in regard to chap- 
lains," reported back the same with the recommendation that it do 
pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the bill by striking out, in line 6, the 
word *' allowed " and inserting in lieu thereof the word " authorized." 

The amendment was agreeato. 

The bill was then read a third time and passed, and the title was 
read and agreed to. 



92 JOUKNAli OF THE [Itoy 24, 1864. 

Mr. Miles, from the Haiiie fonimitlee, to wliom had been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 14) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide 
nn invalid corps,' api)rovecl Heventeenth Febi'uary, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four," it'portod back the same with the recoiimienda- 
tion that the comnuttee be discharged from its fnrther consideration, 
and that it be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs; which 
Vas agreed to. 

Mr, Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill (II. R. i)3) " for the organization of the bureau of con- 
scription and the appointment of officers in said bureau," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Pugh moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was post- 
poned and jjlaced upon the Calendar. 

Pending which, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Secre- 
tary, as foUows: 

Mr. Speaker: The Seuate have pasBed a bill (S. 37) to oniead an not entitled 
"Ad net to Impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Ooufederate 
States ti> provide tor the public defense." oiiproved February 0, ISHi, and for 
other purpoFiea; in which I nm directed to nsk tiie concurrence of this House, 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Miles moved to postpone the consideration of the Calendar; 
which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Akin moved to lay the motion of Mr, Piigh, to reconsider the 
vote by which the bill "for the organization or the bureau of con- 
scription and the appointment of officers in said bureau " was post- 
poned and placed on the Calendar, on the table; which motion was 
lost. 

Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the motion 
to reconsider prevailed. 

The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

On motion of Mr, Garland, the bill was postponed and made the 
special order from day to day immediately after the present orders 
for to-morrow are disposed of, and was ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Miles, from the committee to whom had been referred 

A resolution asking information from the President as to the num- 
ber of troops each State has furnished, numlwr of killed, wounded, 
deserters, etc., 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Chambers, from the committee to whom had been referred a 
Senate bill (S. 4) " to provide means of transit across the Mississippi 
River for members of Congi-ess residing west of said river in going 
to and returning from the Confederate States Congress," reported 
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with the fol- 
lowing amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Thnt whenever the usually traveled routes between the homes of members of 
Congress aud the capital ore interfered with bf the enemy, or liave come ODder 



M.J 24, 1864.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 93 

iLe coDtrol of tlie eneuiy, it ahall be the duty of military commanders to Tacill- 
Ute tbe puHstige of Members and Delegates, going to or returning from Congress, 
bj fumlBblng trniiapurtation In kind foi' any distances over whltli tbey may 
State in writing they can not otherwise provide tbemselres with tmnsportatloa, 
and snoh written application Indorsed " fumislied " by tbe plirty receiving tbe 
traosportatloQ sliall be accepted as a suMcient voucher tor the expenditnre of 
the officer In furulsblng tbe same. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on tlie 
Calendur, 

It was decided in the negative, and the amendment of the commit- 
tee was agreed to. 

Mr. Swan moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
was agreed to; which motion was lost. 

Mr. Marshall demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on oi'dering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr, H. W. Bruce moved that the further consideration of the bill be 
postponed until the 1st day of February, 1866; which motion was 

Mr. Read called the question ; which was ordered, 
And being put. 
Shall the bill pass? 
It was decided in the affirmative. 

The committee submitted the following amendment to the title, viz : 
Strike out the whole thereof niid insert the following: 

"A bill to provide transportation In kind in certain chbch to Members and 
Delegates In Congress." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Bridgers, member from North Carolina, appeared, was sworn 
to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took his 
seat m the House. 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The President on yesterdoj' approved and signed the following 
Bets and Joint resolutions : 

B. R. 30. An act to authorize the appointment of commissaries for regiments 
of cavalry ; 

H. B. 68. An act to exempt railroad companies from the payment of certain 
duties: 

H. R. 4. Joint reiKilutlon of tbanke to Maj. Gen. N. B. Forrest and tbe ofllcers 
and men of bis command for their campaign In Mississippi, west Tennessee, and 
Kentucky ; 

H. R. 5. Joint resolution authorizing the auditing of accounts of members 
for pay and mileage; and 

[I, R. a. Joint resolution requiring tbe Department of Justice to furnish 
the standing committees of the two Houses with printed copies of tbe acts of 
Congress. 

Mr. Marshall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom 
had been referred 

A bill " to place in fier\'ice citizens of the United States residing 
or sojourning within the limits of the Confederate States," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

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Mr. Chambers, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A bill "to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish a niter and 
mining bureau,' approved April twenty-third, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-uiree; " ■ 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Singleton moved that the rules bo suspended to enable him to 
report from a special committee. 

The motion was lost. 

The House then, on motion of Mr. Conrad, resolved itself into 
secret session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business 
in open session. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate bnve paRsed bills of the followlDg titles, viz: 

S. 23, An act to provide for the appointment of additional military- store- 
keepers in tbe Provisional Army of tlie Confedemte States; and 

S. 24. A bill to autborlze tbe appointment of additional officers of artlllerr 
for ordnance duties : 

Id wbicb I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of ttils House. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, 
The House adjourned. 

esCRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Conrad, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution "' explanatory of the joint resolution on the 
subject of retaliation, approved May first, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-three ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Conrad moved that the rule be suspended requiring the joint 
resolution to be referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the joint resolution was referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
introduce 

A joint resolution " to remove the injunction of secrecy from cer- 
tain proceedings of the late Congress of the Confederate States." 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Heiskell moved that the injunction of secrecy be removed from 
the proceedings connected with his motion to suspend the rules for 
the purpose indicated; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctI_y entolled 

S. 6. Joint resolution to authorize the removal of the public 
archives and of the Executive Departments; and 

S. 16. An act to fix the time for the assemblirig of the Congress at 
its next regular session, and to authorize the President to convene 
the Congress at any place other than the seat of government. 

And tne Speaker siffned the same. 

Or motion of Mr. AVelsh, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 



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TWENTY-FIEST DAY— WEDNESDAY, May 25, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Bev, Dr. Jeter. 

Mr. Baylor, member from Texas, Mr. Kenner and Mr. Hodge, 
members from Louisiana, appeared, were sworn to support the Con- 
stitution of the Confederat« States, and took their seats in the House. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz : 

Richmond, Va., Mav 2i, 1864- 
To the Houte of Representatives: 

Id response to your resolution of the lOtL Instant. I lierewlth transmit for 
your Information a communication from tbe Fcuttmaster-Genernl relative to 
the stei>s taken to secure tlie trHnsmiaslon and delivery of the malls from the 
poot-offlce iu this city during the past two weeks. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred 
to the Conmiittee on Post -Offices and Post-Roads. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 23) " to pro- 
vide for the appointment of additional military storekeepers in the 
Provisional Army of the Confederate States ; " which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 24) " to authorize the appointment of 
additional officers of artillery for ordnance duties; " which was read 
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 37) "to amend an act entitled 'An act to 
impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate 
States to provide for the public defense,' approved February sixth, 
eighteen himdred and sixty- four, and for other purposes; which 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Commerce. 

Also, a communication from Doctor ThacKston and Doctor Tate, 
asking the exemption of dental surgeons; which was refeired to the 
Committee on ^litary Affairs. 

Mr. Ramsaj presented a communication from the same parties on 
the same subject; which was referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr. Russell moved that the resolution offered by him on the ISth 
instant, to rescind the resolution of Congress to adjourn on the 31st 
instant, be taken up for consideration ; which motion pi^vailed. 

Mr. Welsh called the question ; which was not ordered- 

Mr. Akin moved that the consideration of the resolution be post- 
poned until Saturday momii^; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Russell submitted the rollowiiig resolution : 

Resolved, That the Prealdent be respectfully requested to Inform the House 
wbetber the tobacco ration has been furnlsbeii to the Army ; and. if not. whether 
additional legislation on tbe sabject Is necexsary : 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Staples presented the memorial of Henry Miller, of Green- 
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96 JOURNAL OF THE (May 25. 1864. 

Confederate forces at the battle of White Sulphur; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims, 

Mr. Whitfield submitted the following re,solution : 

Resolved, That the Co[nmltte« on tlie Qunrtermaeter'8 Department Inquire 
Into tbe expediency of i>rov](ling for tlie Kpeedy pn.vment of all sums due the 
offlcers and soldiers tvho may be confined In boepltale or on turlougli In con- 
sequence of wounds or sickness ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Foster submitted the following resolution: 

Regolved. That the Coumittee on Narul Affairs be requested to Inquire into 
the expediency of nmendlng iin net entitled '^An act to amend an act approved 
March aliteentb, eighteen hundred and sixty-oue. entitled 'Au act to provide 
for the organization of the Navy.' so as to embrace naval storelieeperB within 
the provlslona of said act ; " 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Dickinson introduced 

A bill " for the relief of the (Mobile) Pelham Cadets; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Afi'airs. 

Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial on the same subject; which 
was also referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Cruikshanlc introduced 

A bill " to authorize volunteer chaplains in the Army to draw 
rations ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Pugh introduced 

A bill to prevent and punish frauds and larcenies upon the Gov- 
ernment of the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Lyon presented the petition of sundrv citizens of Pickens 
County, Ala., praying that provision be made for payment for horses 
and mules impressed for cavalry under the command of Major-Gen- 
eral Lee.; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affaii-s. 

Mr. Chilton presented the memorial of route agents, asking increase 
of compensation; which was referred to the Committee on Post- 
OiBces and Post-Roads. 

Also, the memorial of Cox, Otis & Co., asking the exemption from 
military service of the crews of steamboats; which was referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the Committee on Accounts be. and are hereby, directed to 
allow the Doorkeei>er of this House, R. II. Wynne, a credit of elgliteen hundred 
dollars, being the amount of the public money abstracted from him without bis 
fault; 

which was referred to the Committee on Accounts. 

Also, the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs Inquire whether officers 
who are required to flll poBltlons superior to their rank for a ooueiderahie 
time — say, six months conHecutively — should not lie entitled by law to receive 
the compensation due to the positions they respectively flll for tlie time tbey 
have so filled them, and that said committee report by hill or otb^wiaei 

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Mr. Clopton submitted the following resolution : 

Retolved, That tbe Coiumlttee on Military Affairs be directed to inquire Into 
tbe expediency of providing for the pHyment to our officers and soldlerx vrbo 
are prlaoners of war of a part of tbe pay due them In gold, or otber available 
currency, for tbe purpose of relieving tbelr uecessitles wbilst In prison ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution: 

Keaolved, Tbat the Committee ou Military- Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
luto tbe expediency of repealing so mucb uf tbe fourtb clause of tbe nluth 
eectloD of "An act to organize forces to serve durlug tlie war," approved Feb- 
ruary seventeenth, eigbteen hundred and sixty-four, as requires as a condition 
for tbe exemption of an overseer, on ii farm or |)lantatlon. tbat be sbnll have ' 
been orerseer on sucb farm or ]iluntutlou on tbe flrst day of January last; 

which was ad,opted. 

Also, the following resohition: 

Regolvril. Tbat until otherwlsi^ ordcrpil. thin Houhc will take a daily recess 
at tbree o'clock, iioHtuierldlan. and meet again at ei^iit o'clock, postmeridian. 

Mr. Hilton called the question ; which was ordered, and the reso- 
lution was adopted. 

Mr. Hartridge introduced 

A bill " to fix the compensation of certain officei-s of the Treasury ;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order, 
viz: 

The bill to amend the tax laws. 

And resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, Mr, Sexton in 
the Chair; and having spent some time therein, the committee rose 
and reported, through tlieir Chairman, that the committee had had 
the subject referred to them under consideration, and had come to 
no condusion thereon. 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
I*rivate Secretary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe President yesterday approved and signed an act entitled 

H. B. 2. An act to provide for tbe redemption of tbe old Issue of Treasury 
ootea beld by certain Indian tribes. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker; The Senate bave rejected a Joint resolution (H. R. 7) of tbla 
House, to prevent restrlctlona upon tbe rlgbt of mwubera of Congress to vlalt 
Hlcic and wounded officers and soldiers lu boapltala. 

Tbey have passed a bill and Joint resolution of tbe following titles, viz : 

S. 15. A bill to fumlsb transportation to officers of the Army and Navy 
wblle traveling under orders ; and 

S. 8. Joint resolution directing the settlement of tbe claim of Zedeklab 
UcDfiuiel and Frauds M. Ewlog for destroying tbe F'ederal guntwat Cairo by 
means of a torpedo ; 

In wblcb I am directed to ask the concurrence of tbis House. 

The President of the Confederate States has notiBed the Senate tbat be did. 
on the 23d Instant, approve and sign acts and a Joint resolulloa of the follow- 
ing title*, viz: 

8. S. An act to provide passimrts for Senators and Representatives lu Con- 
grew when traveling in tbe Confederate States ; 

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8. 11. Ad act to extead tlie fnmblDfC privilege; niid 

S. 3. Joint reeolDtion ot ttuiuks to Missouri officertt nnd soldiers Id the Oon- 
fedemte pervlce pnst of tbc MIsslsfilppi River. 

Mr. Baldwin moved that the House do now adjourn. 
Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
^\Tiich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] Xavsl V"i "I 46 

Yeas : Aver, Baldvrin, Boyce, Branch, Horatio W. Bnice, Conrad, 
B. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell, Hodge, Kenner, 
l^amkin, J. M. Leach, J. T-. Leach, Logan, McMulIin, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Perkins, Sexton, Simpson, Trip- 
lelt, and Witherspoon. 

Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Bradley, 
Bridgers, Eli M, Bruce, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Cruik- 
shank, Dickinson, Diipr^, Echols, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, 
Funsten, A. H. (iarland, Goo<le. Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, HoUi- 
day, Lester, Lyon, Macheii. Menees, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Russell, 
Shewmake, Singleton, .1. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, Turner, Villere, and 
Welsh. 

So the motion to adjourn was lost. 

The hour having arrived. 

The House took a rece.s.s until 8 o'clock : 

And having reassembled, 

Ml'. Moore moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Upon which motion Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

^VTiidi were ordered, 

And are recorded as follows, viz: V y^^^ ga 

Yeas; Hartridge, Johnston, J. T. Leach, Miller, Montague, Moore, 
Simpson, and Welsh, 

Nays: Atkins, Blandford, Branch. Bridgers, Chilton, Chrisanan, 
Clopton, Colyar, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, A. H. Garland, R. K. 
Garland, Hilton, Holder. Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin. Machen, 
Morgan, Murray, Perkins. Ramsav. Russell. Singleton, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Triplett, 
Turner, and Villere. 

No quorum being present. 

Mr. Chilton moved a call of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Upon a call of the roll the following menil>ers answered to their 
names: 

Mes-si-s. Audei-son. Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce. Branch, 
Bridgers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton. Colyar. Dickinson,' Ewing, 
Farrow, Fuller, A. H. (iarland, R. K. Garland. Gholi^on, Gilmer, 
Hartridge, Hilton. Holder. Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lamkin, J. T. Leach. Logan, Lyon, Machen, Miller, Montague, 
Moore, Morgan. Murray, Perkins, Ramsay, Rus.sell. Sexton. Shew- 
make, Simpson, Singleton. J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Triplett, Turner, Viller^, Welsh, 
Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr, Speaker. 



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A quorum having voted, 

Mr. Russell moved that all further proceedings under the call be 
dispensed with. 

The motion prevailed, and 

The House again resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to 
consider the special order, viz: 

The bill to amend the tax laws; 

And having spent some time therein, the committee rose and 
reported, through their Chairman, that they had had the subject 
referred to them under consideration, and had come to no conclusion 
thereon. 

Hod. John V. Wright, member from Teimessee, appeared, was 
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and 
took his seat in the House. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 15) " to furnish 
transportation to officers of the Army and Navy while traveling 
under orders; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 8) " directing the settlement of 
the claim of Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing for destroy- 
ing the Federal gunboat Cairo by means of a torpedo; " which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Naval 
Affairs. 

Mr. Hilton moved that the House do now adjourn ; which motion 
was lost. 

Mr. Foote, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A bill " to punish frauds by the disbursing officers of the Govern- 
ment ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
present a memorial. 

The motion was lost. 

And the House, on motion of Mr. McMullin, 

Adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 

TWENTY-SECOND DAY— THURSDAY, Mat 26, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
praver by Rev, Dr. Jeter. 

Mr. Hanly, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported 

A bill " to amend so much of an act entitled 'An act to organize 
forces to serve during the war.' approved seventeenth February, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, as relates to the exemption of cer- 
tain religious denominations; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr Hanly, from the same committee, to whom had been re^^ 



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A bi]] " to provide for tlie eiirollment and conscription of certain 
noncommissioned officers and privates," 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
the following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Tbat all uoDcommlsBloued oflloers and privates In tbe TraDS-MlBslsslppl De- 
imrtment wbo are absent without leave from tbeir reei>e<7tlve commands eant 
of the MlBslasippI River, and shall have remained absent from tbetr cammands 
for the space of two weeks after tbe [irouiulgatlon of an order from tbe bead- 
quarters of the Trans- M las li4sl|))>I Department announcing this act shall be 
promptly enrolled under tbe act entitled "An act to provide for tbe public 
defense," approved April sixteenth, eigbteea hundred and elsty-two, and tbe 
several acts amendatory thereof, and nhould not be allowed to volunteer la taty 
of tbe existing nrganlzstlons, but shall be aaslgned to such arm of the service 
as tbe general commanding the Traua- Mississippi Department maj direct. 

Mr. Diipr^ submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of the committee : 

strike out all after tbe word " thereof," In line 13, and Insert In lieu thereof 
tbe following, viz: " tbey shall be assli^ed to tbe arm of tbe service to which 
tbey originally belonged, iind In no event shall be allowed to volunteer in any 
existlug oi^anizations : and tliose heretofore belonging to tbe cavalry service 
shall be assigned to Infantry reglmeutB." 

The amendment of Mr. Dupre was lost. 

Mr, Sexton moved to amend the amendment of the committee by 
striking out the words " two weeks " and inserting in lieu thereof 
the words " thirty days." 

The amendment of Mr. Sexton was agreed to, and the amendment 
of the committee, as amended, was also agr^ to. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a. Senate bill (S. 32) " to authorize the appointment of general officers 
with temporary rank and command, and to define and hmit the power 
of assignmg officers to commands," reported back the same with the 
recommendation that it do lie upon the table ; which was agreed to, 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill (H. R. 90) " to authorize the President to confer temporary 
rank and command upon officers of the Provisional Army who may 
be assigiied for special service," 
reported back the same witli the recommendation-that it do pass. 

The question being upon postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. ■ 

Mr. Baldwin moved to amend by striking out the words " but here- 
after no officer belonging to the general staff shall be assigned to com- 
mand in the line." 

Pending which, 

Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on 
Ways and Means, reported 

A bill " making appropriations for the support of the Government 
of the Confederate States of America from July first to December 
thirty-first, eighteen hundred and sixty- four; " 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special 
order for Mondav, 12 o'clock, and ordered to be printed. 

Also, a bill " making appropriations for the postal service of the 
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eighteen )mndred and sixty-three ; " which was read a first and second 
time, postponed, made the ^)ecial order immediatelv after the general 
appropriation bill, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Baldwin, from the same committee, submitted a minority re- 
port, viz : 

Joint resolution " requiring the settlement of the accounts of the 
Post -Office Department prior to the first day of July, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-three ; " 
which was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Kussell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted a 
written report upon the suspension of the habeas corpus; which was 
laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. 

irlr. Russell, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend the army regulations with respect to gaming by 
disbursing officers and others intrusted with public funds; 
which was read a first and second time, postponed, placed upon the 
Calendar, and ordered to be printed. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 41) " to provide for the appointment of a 
disbursing clerk in the War Department," with the recommendation 
that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a thira time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a bill {H. R. 35) " to organize the Supreme Court of the Confederate 
States,'* reported back the same with the recommendation that it do 
notpass. 

The bill was postponed and placed on the Calendar. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, reported 

A joint resolution " responsive to the resohitions of the general 
assembly of Virginia ' asserting the jurisdiction and sovereignty of 
the State of Virginia over her ancient boundaries; ' " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the joint ro^solution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, 
and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. A. H. Garland, from the same committee, to whom had been 
referred 

A joint resolution of the State of Texas in regard to the purchas- 
ing of beeves and other Government supplies in Texas by the Messrs. 
Payne & Co., on Government account, with counterfeit Confederate 
money, 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Also, a bill " to provide for the settlement of certain matters of 
account growing out of purchases of property, as alleged by the pur- 
chasers, tor the use of the Government, by Payne & Co., in tlie State 
of Texas;" which was read a first and second time, laid upon the 
table, and ordered to be printed. 



102 JOUBNAL OF THE (Mar 2S. 1M4. 

Mr. Hfttily, from the Committee on Pay and Mileagi;, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (H. 33) " to n^gulat« the compensation and 
mileage of members of Congress for the present session," reported 
back the same with the recommendation tJiat it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Hanly called the question; which was ordered, and the bill 
was read a third time. 

The question recurring on its passage, 

Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: | M_yg 45 

Yeas: Akin, Ayer, Baylor, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chris- 
man, Dupre, Echols, Ewmg, Foote, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Hanly, 
Hartridge, Heiskell, Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lester, Ijogan, Machen, 
McCallum, Miles, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Read, Simpson, 
Smith of Alabama, Triplett, Whitfield, and Wicknam. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Bell, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, 
Chilton, Clopton, Colvar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jamette, Dickin- 
son, Funsten, R. K. tiarland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hilton, Holder, Hol- 
iday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J, T. Leach, Lyon, Marshall, 
McMuUin, Montague, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, Rives, Russell, Sex- 
ton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Villere, Welsh, Witherspoon, and 
Wright. 

So the bill was lost. 

Mr. Witherspoon, from the Committee on Post-Offiees and Post- 
Roads, reported a bill " to establish certain post routes therein 
named; " which was read a first and second time, laid upon the table, 
and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was laid 
upon the table. 

The motion prevailed. 

The question recurring on laying the bill on the table. 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Singleton, from the special committee on the communication 
from the Secretary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of 
this House, submitted a written i-eport; which was laid upon tlie table 
and ordered to be printed. 

Mr, Smith, from the same committee, submitted a minority report ; 
which was laid upon the table and ordered t« be printed, 

Mr. Funsten, from the special committee relative to compensation 
for pat«nt, repoi-ted 

A bill " to compensate Charles E. Stuart, Israel C, Owings. and 
J. H. Taylor for the use of an impro\'ement in instruments for sight- 
ing cannon ; " 

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which was read a first and second time, postponed, placed upon the 
Calendar, and ordered to be printed, 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred 

A resolution " touching the exemption of overseers by the payment 
of five hundred dollars," 

reported back the same with the recommendation tliat the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred 
to the Committee on the Judiciary; which was agreed to. 

Also, a memorial of the employees of the Government at Danville, 
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on the 
Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments; which was agreed to. 

Also, a bill "to provide uniform rates of compensation for me- 
chanics and laborers employed by the various Executive Departments 
of the Government," with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means; which was agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body; which is as follows, viz: 

Ifr. Speaker: The Senate have passed billfi at tbe following titles, rlz : 

S. 43. Aw net to regulate the jiuy of a general assigned to duty at the seat 
of giivernmeut under the provlslous of the act approved March 2.'i, 18(52 ; and 

S. 44. An act to authorize certlflcatea of ladebtedneas to Ikj given for in-op- 
erty pnrohiised or ltiipres«ed and for lrauB|x>rtatlon, and to provide for imy- 
nient of the Interest on said oertlfiontes In specie; 

In whl(?h I am directed to ask the coucnrrence of this Ilonse. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order, 
viz: 

The bill to amend the tax laws, 

And r&solved itself into Committee of the Whole, Mr. Sexton in 
the chair; and having spent some time therein, the committei! ro<^ 
and reported, through their Chairman, that during the consideration 
of the subjecl^^^ferred to them the committee had found itself with- 
out a quorum. 

Mr. Miles moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Foote moved that the rule be susi>end(>d requiring n call cf the 
roll; which motion prevailed, and 

The House again resolved itself into Committee of the ^\Tiole, 
Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the 
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the com- 
mittee had had the subject referred to them under consideration, and 
had come to no conclusion thereon. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 44) " to authorize 
certificates of indebtedness to be given for property purchased or 
impressed and for transportation, and to provide ^or payment of 
the intere.st on said certificates in specie: " wnich was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 43) "to regulate the pay of a general 
assigneid to duty at the seat of government under the provisions of 
the act approved March twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-, 
two;" which was read a first and second time and referred to the' 
Committee on Military' Affairs. 



104 JOUBNAL OP THE (May 26. 1884. 

On motion of Mr. Chambers, imder a suspension of tlie rules, it 
was ordered that the Committee on Wajs and Means report a bill 
touching the pay of clerk of general assigned to duty at the seat of 
government, for the purpose of having it referred to the Oommitt«e 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Heiskell movetl that the House do now adjourn. 

Upon which motion Mr. Smith of Alabama demanded the yeas and 
nays; which were ordered. 

Pending which. 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ; 

And having rea.ssembled, the call of the roll was continued, 

( Yeas 19 

And the yeas and nays are recorded as follows, viz : j ij_„„ 45 

Yeas: Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Bwce, Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Ewing, Foote, Gholson, Goode, Ifcnly, Heiskell, Kenner, J. M. 
Leach, McMullin, Miles, Miller, Montague, and Triplett 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, Cham- 
bers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, 
Dickinson, Dupr4, Echols, Elliott, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, R. K. 
Qarland, Gilmer^ Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, HoUiday, Johnston, 
Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, 
Menees, Ramsay, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, 
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and Wither- 
spoon. 

So the motion to adjourn was lost. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved that the rules be suspended to 
enable him to offer a resolution. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Blandford moved to suspend the forty-second rule of the 
House. 

No quorum having voted, 

Mr. Hanly moved a call of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Upon a call of the roll the following members answered to their 
names: 

Messrs. Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, 
Boyoe, Bradley, Branch, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dick- 
inson, Dupr4, Echols, Ewing, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Hanlv, Heis- 
kell, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, HoUiday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Machen, McCallnm, 
McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, 
Ramsay, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Villere, 
Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

A quorum having voted, 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, all further proceedings under the call 
were dispensed with. 

The question recurring on the motion of Mr. Blandford to suspend 
the forty-second rule, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill " to 
establish certain post routes therein named '' was passed. 

The motion prevailed. 



Hi^n, 18«4.] H0U8B OF BEPBESEHTATIVES. 105 

Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to its engrossment. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Bell submitted the following amendment: 

Add at tbe end of tlie bill the following : 

"Also, from tbe town of Jefferson, Jac&son County, to Oalneiivllle. In Hall 
County, Georgin. 

"Also, from Athens, in Clarke Connty, to Lawrencevllle. Gwinnett County. 
Georgia. 

"Also, from Dahlon^ra. In Lumphln County, by way of Cleveland, White 
County, to ClarkeaTllle, In naberebam County, ' Georgia, to be carried tri- 
weekly." 

Mr. Chilton moved to amend the amendment by striking out the 
words " to be carried triweekly ; " which was agreed to, and the 
amendment as amended was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, the further consideration of the Bill was 
postponed until to-morrow. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved that the niles be suspended to 
enable him to offer a resolution. 

Upon which Mr. Singleton demanded the yeas and nays; which 
were not ordered, and the motion was lost. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for 
thepurpose of considering the special order, viz: 

T^ie bill to amend the tax laws, 

Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the 
committee rose and reported, through meir Chairman, that they had 
had the subject referred to them under consideration, and had come 
to no conclusion thereon. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, 

The House adjourned. 

TWENTY-THIRD DAY— FRIDAY, Mat 27, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter. 

Mr. Farrow moved to have the Journal of yesterday corrected. He 
was recorded as having voted yea on the vote on the passage of the 
bill " to regulate the pay and mileage of members of Congress during 
the present session." He was not present when the vote was taken 
and did not vote at all. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Echols presented the memorial of the Baptist convention of 
Georgia, asking a modification of the tax law ; which was referred to 
ihe (Stmmittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lester submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas In nome of the States the Inwn require both a receiver of tax 
returns and a collector of taxee In the collection of the tnxea for tbe support 
of the Stnte government ; and 

Whereas there In no provlelon made by any law of Congreas for tbe discbarge 
from milltnry service of an officer or soldier of the Army of the Confederate 
States who may be elected by tbe people to tbe office of receiver of tax returna: 
Therefore, 

Retolved, That the Committee on Slllltary Affairs consider tbe propriety of 



106 JOURNAL OP THE liStj 27, 1864. 

no amending the act of April se<K>ud. eighteen hundred nnd sixty-three, as to 
require the dlspharge ot a Hiildier or the lu-eeptauee of tl»e resignation of an 
offieer who may have been or who may be elected by the people to such office 
of receiver of tax returaa ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Lester presented the claim of John Y. Flowers, agent for the 
collection of tax in kind, asking relief from loss occasioned by the 
breaking open of an iron safe in which he had the funds of the Gov- 
omment deposited ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Anderson presented the memorial of the Macon and Brunswick 
Railroad Company, asking to be relieved from all taxes except the 5 
per cent upon their capital; which was referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Also, the memorial of members of the hospital staff at Macon, Gn., 
relative to officers' rations; which was inferred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, 

Mr. J. M. Smith presented the memorial of citizens of Pike County, 
Ga., asking the establishment of a daily mail route from Griffin, Ga., 
to Zebulon, Pike County, Ga.; which was referred to the Committee 
on Post- Offices and Post-Eoaas. 

Mr. W. E. Smith presented the memorial of a convention of plant- 
ers resident in Miller and Early counties, Ga., asking n construction 
of the tax act of February 17, 1864; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. W. E. Smith introduced 

A hill " to encourage the production of provisions, and to allow 
compensation for tithes in certain cases; " 

which was read a Brst and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. W. E. Smith submitted the following resolution : 

Regolved, That the Coniuilttee on Military AffalrH l>e ]n»tni<-ted to Inqnirc into 
the exi>ediency of etfeftlnut iit this or Houie future time tlie following chnngea In 
onr niiiltiiry system: 

First As to the expediency of placing every white male citizen over the age 
of eighteen and under the age of forty-live yeiirs In the field for active service; 
and uf filling the offices and positions held by such persons by details froui those 
wiio are unable to render military field service, and from those over forty-flve 

Second. As to the expediency of jilnclng In the military service of the Con- 
federate States all white male citizens over the apje ot fort.v-flve yejirs. and such 
of all other ages, over eighteen years, who may have been rejected or dlBchnrged, 
or who may hereafter lie dincharged, from active military service, by reason of 
Infirmities, or other disability, jmssessing, however, sufliclent ability to manage 
plantations and to discharge other duties of detailed men. so far as to compel 
all such persona to accept details upon such terms and condltiomi as may lie 
prescribed by law. 

Third. As to the expediency of repealing the flfteen-negro exemption clnnse 
In the military bill and ot allowing a llbenil system of details n|Mn snch terms 
and conditions as may be prescrlt)ed by law : of allowing exemptions In such 
cases only where the law or absolute necessity renders them Indispensable, and 
authorizing details in the cases of persons without property having large and 
helpless fflmiilefl dependent on their labor for a support and maiotenance. 

Fourth. As to the expediency of making a refusal to comply with the terms 
of detail, either by refusing to deliver provisions, or by refusing to render duty 
Inddent to and required by the detail, If In the case of an able-bodied conscript, 
a good and sufficient reason for placing him or them In the field ; nnd In the cane 
of one who Is unable to render military field service, good ciiuse for an immedi- 
ate forfeiture of five times the amtwint of [irovislous required by the Govern- 
ment iMiyable In bind, or other penalty. 



Mar 2T, 18M.] HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 107 

And tf. In the opinion of tuild committee, such or atif one or move uf the fore- 
going iirupoEltloiia be required now tiy the |iubllc service, the cbairmiin thereof 
Ih requested to report a bill to carry the same Into effect ; 

which was adopted. 
Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas information comes to us throuKli our public Journals, and from pri- 
vate sources, which lenveB but little doubt our enemies are sending orgaulzed 
bands of mlders through the country, whose mlsslou It Is to murder In cold 
bkiod noucombutant citizens, unoffending women anil chlldreu, to violate the 
persons of our females, and i>en>etrate other crimes and outrages dlsgracefal to 
humanity and practiced only by barbarians : Therefore, 

Re»olvfd. That It be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary to Inquire 
Into the truth of these reiwrta, and If tnie. to report a bill authorizing the In- 
illetlon of such measures of retaliation as will effectually protect our people 
from these outrages ; 

which was adopted. 
Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved. That It be referred to the Committee on the Medical Department to 
Inquire and report If It be possible to effect ao arrangement by which prisoners 
of war on each side shall be attendwl during captivity by siirgeoii.i of tlieir own 
army, under such restrictions as will guard against abuse and secure proper 
medical attention ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Conrad presented a communication from the Second Auditor 
relative to the records of deceased officers and soldiers; which was 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Dupre introduced 

A ioint resolution "of thanks to Major-Oeneral Richard Taylor 
and the officers and men of his command ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referre<i to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Holder presented the memorial of citizens of a portion of Pon- 
totoc County, Miss., praying relief from taxes in certain cases; which 
was referrecl to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A joint resolution '" for the relief of Nathaniel Moore; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post-Offices and Post- Roads. 

Mr, Barksdale submitteti the following resolution: 

Begotved. Tbot the Committee on I'ost-Offlces and I'ost-Ronds be Instructed to 
Inquire Into the expediency of passing a law for the relief of poetuiasters whose 
business bas been Increased temi>orarlly by the presence of large military forces ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Barksdale presented the petition of Mrs. Ann E. Grymes, 
asking a pension; which was referred to tlie Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Fuller presented the memorial of Government employees at 
the Fayetterille (N. C.) Arsenal, asking increase of compensation; 
which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Fuller introduced 

A bill " to provide for transfers from local and special service to 
the army in the field ; " 

which was read a first and sccon<l time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 



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108 JOUBNAL OP THE tM"T W. IM*. 

Also, a bill " to Ruthorize the organization of a company of siege 
artillery f roin the Thirty-sixth Regiment North Carolina Troops ; " 
which was re«d a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Militai^ Affairs. 
Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following resolution: 
Resoived, That the Committee on Ullltary Affairs be Instructed to report <i 
bill legalizing: tbe organization ot a body of Nortb Carolina troops known aa 
MHlIett'n Battalion. wltA authority to enlarge the same to a regiment; 

which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Gilmer presented a memorial in behalf of Commander Johu 
Manning and others, of the Navy; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Naval Affairs. 

Also, the memorial of C. H. Wiley, superintendent of common 
schools in North Carolina, praying the passage of an act antiioriziDg 
the disbursing officers of common schoms to exchange bonds for the 
new currency; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means. 

Mr. Gilmer introduced 

A bill " in relation to the four per cent Confederate bonds held bv 
the disbursing officers of the common schools of North Carolina;^' 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr, J. T. Leach introduced 

A joint resolution " declaring the supremacy of the civil over the 
military law ; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution: 

Betolvei, That It be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means to 
Inquire into tbe propriety of permitting persons who have failed to mabe e 
support of provlslouB durlug the past yeiir to retain their tax In kind upon 
the proper showing being made that the same Is required and essential for 
that purpose, and upon the payment of tbe prices fixed by the commissioners 
under the Impressment act ; 

which was adopt«d. 

Mr. Simpson presented the memorial of the Columbia (S. C.) rail- 
road convention, asking a modification of the tax law; which was 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Meaas. 

Mr. Ayer submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instracted to Inquire 
and report by bill or otherwise to this House on the propriety and expediency 
cf forthwith levying an export duty on cotton, tobacco, and naval stores, the 
proceeds of which shall be pledged to the payment of the interest and princi- 
pal of tbe six per cent bonds that are authorized to be issued by the act of Con- 
gress entitled "An act to reduce tbe currency and to authorize a new issue of 
notes and bonds." approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Miles submitted the following resolution : 

Reaolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be Instructed to inquire into 
the expediency of allowing by law to seamen and marines some lacreBse of the 
lirlvlleges now enjoyed by them In the purchase of clothing iiiid small stores; 

which was adopted. 

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Also, the following resolution : 

Retotted, That Ibe Committee od Mllltarj* Affairs be Instnicted to Inquire 
Into the eipedlencj of amendlag tbe exemption law bo as to allow IncreUBed 
fucllitles to rallroud compauiee In tbe transportation of Qovemmmit ftvlght; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Atkins introduced 

A bill " to authorize Confederate district judges to hold their 
courts out of their districts in certain cases; " 

M-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Atkins submitted^ the following resolution : 

RevAved, Tbat tbe funeral eKpensea of Iloiioruble Jobu A. Wllcos, a member- 
elect of tbis Congress, be puld out of tbe pontlngc^nt fund of tbls House, tlie 
same not bavlng been paid out of tlie (HintlnKeQt fund of tbe House of Repre- 
ftentatlves of tbe last CongresB. lu accordance wltb a resolution adopted by 
tbe last House of Representatives ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Atkins moved that he have leave to withdraw from the Com- 
mittee on Claims the papers in the case of Harvey M. Watterson, 
subject to the rule of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. McCallum introduced 

A bill " to amend an act approved February sixteenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four, amending an act to regulate impres-sments. 
approved March twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and 
to repeal an act amendatory thereof, approved April twenty-seventh, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Impressments. 

Also, a bill " to increase the pay of conunissioned officers, noncom- 
missioned officers, and private in the Army of the Confederate 
States ; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Murray introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency 
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds; ' " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Wa^ and Means. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, Tbut tbe Committee o 
Into tbe expediency of adopting so 
lowing, viz: 

Wbereas tbe Constltntlon of tbe Confederate States baa intrusted Congress 
in a very spec-lal manner wltb tbe t.'ontrol and regulation of tbe currency ; and 

Wbereas It will be Impossible tbat Congress cau perform tbis duty effectively 
nnlees tbe ofiice of Secretary of tbe Treasury be occupied by some ludlvldual 
of unqueHtloned bigb ability as a financier, wbose views In regard to important 
matters of finance, and especially in r^ard to tbe currency, are in barmony 
wltb those of Congress, and wtko sball be willing at all times to carry into 
prompt and efficient operation tbe deliberate enactments of Congress upon tbls 
Important subject ; and 

Wbereas tbe f^retary of tbe Treasury, for tbe reasons above suggested, bas 
been made by tbe Constitution directly responsible to Congress ; now. wittiout 
claiming tn tbe least degree a right to trencb upon the undoubted prerogative 
of tbe £<xecutlTe Departmrait In matters of official appointment and removal 



no JOUENAL OF THE [Uay a7, 1WI4, 

froiii offlc-e, but wtth a slni-ere desire to liarnionlze with the President Iq all 
things uppertulDiug to the iiubile weal, 

Be It resolted. That without hiteudlng to call In question the honesty or 
patriotism of the present larumbent of the Treasurj' Department, It is tbe 
deliberate Judgment of this House that the public welfare dops demand tliat 
be should no longer be retained in said Department, but that some other indi- 
vidual o( proper ability as a financier more likely to be successful in adminis- 
tering the atfalre of said Department and more likely to command tbe public 
confidence, should be appointed In hla place. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to lay the resolution on the table. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded a« follows, ^i^-jwavq "" 45 

Yeas: Akin, Aver, Barksdale, Bell, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Chrisman, Conrad, I)e Jamette, Dick- 
inson, Elliott, Farrow, Gholson, Johnston, Kenner. Lvoti, Marshall, 
McCalluni, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Piigh, Rives, Russell, 
Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, Swan, 
Whitfield, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Atlcins, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley. 
Chambers, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, 
Foot*, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, It. K. Gar- 
land, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridpe. Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, 
Holder, Hollidav, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Ijeach, Lo^n, 
Machen, McMuIlin, Meiiees, Murray. Orr, Ramsay, W. E. Smith, 
Triplett, Turner, Villere, and Wright. 

So the motion to lay the resolution on the table was lost. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was ordered to be printed. 

Pending the question on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr. Rives, under a suspension of the rules, presented the petition 
of the Savings Bank of Lynchburg, asking the privilege of investing 
five-dollar notes of the old issue in 6 per cent bonds; which was 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Sexton moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
introduce a joint resolution. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Akin moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to pre- 
sent a memorial. 

The motion was lost. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order, 
viz : 

The bill to amend the tax laws. 

And resolved itself into Committee of the "Whole, Mr. Sexton in the 
chair; and having spent some time therein, the committee rose and 
reported, through their Chairman, that they had had the subject 
i-eferred to them under consideration, and had come to no conclusion 
thereon. 

Mr. Marshall moved to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill 
" to regulate the pay and mileage of members of Congress during the 
present session " was lost. 

Mr. Miles moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Mr. Chrisman demanded the yeas and nays thereon. 



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Ib7 28. 1864.] HOUSE OF BEPBBSENTATtVES. Ill 

Pending which, 

The hour of 8 having arrived. 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ; 

And having reassembled, 

The yeas and nays were recorded as follows, viz: < -^ ' ., 

Yeas: Baldwin, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, De Janiette, Ewing, 
A. H. Garland, R. K, (larland, Oholson. (roode. Hodge, Keeble, 
McCallum, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Simpson, Trip- 
lett, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Branch, 
Chambers, Chilton. Chrisman, Cloptoii, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, 
Dickinson. Echols. Elliott, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gilmer, 
Hartridge, Hilton. Holder. Holliday, Kenner, I^^imkin, J. M. Leach, 
J. T. I^ach, I>?ster, Ijogan. Lyoii, Machen, Marshall, McMullin, 
Morgan, Miirrav, Orr. Pngh, Ramsav. Russell. Sexton, Shewmake, 
Singleton, J. M. Smith. W. E. Smith. Smith of North Carolina, 
Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, Villere, WTiitfield, and Wright. 

So the House refused to adjourn. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Wliole to 
consider the special order, Mr, Sexton in the Chair; and having spent 
some time therein, the committee rose, and reported, through their 
Chairman, that they had had the bill to amend the tax law under 
consideration, and had come to no conclusion thereon. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, 

The House adjourned. 

TWENTY-FOURTH DAY— SATURDAY, May 28, 1864. 



Tlie House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter. 

Mr. Garland, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted a 
minority report on the suspension of the writ of liabeas corpus; 
which was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Singleton, leave of absence was granted his col- 
leainie, Mr. Barksdale (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

The House then, on motion of Mr. Rives, resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in 
open session. 

A mes.sage was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Seuate buve passed bills of tbe following titles, viz : 

S. 48. A bill to amend tbe mt to pi-ovlde nil invalid con*. «Pi»roved Februiiry 
17. 18G4; and 

S. 50, A bill to r^nilBte the Beiettlon of Juries in the diatriot i-ourts of the 
Confederate States In wrtalu cases; 

In which I am directed to ask tbe toni-urreufe uf tbls House. 

Tbey have concurred In tbe nmendnients of this House to bills of the followlnif 
titles, viz: 

S. 4. An act to provide means of Iruiwit across the Mississippi River for 
members of CongrcBS residing west of said river In going to and returniiiK 
from tbe Confederate States Congretai ; and 

S. 39. A bill to amend the several acts in ref-iird to chnplnlnK. 

Xliey bave paiuted, wltb amendments, u bill of tbla UouK (H. B. 52) to uuieud 



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bill ^' to regulate the compensation and milea^ of members of Con- 
gress for the present session " was ordered to its third reading. 
The Chair laid before the House a c<»nmunication from the Presi- 



112 JOURNAL OF THE [May 28, 18M. 

hh act of this Gongrees entitled "An act to provide for holding elections of 
Itepreeentatlves In the CongreBs of the Confederate States In the State of Ten- 
nessee ; " In which aniendmente I am directed to ask the coooirrence of this 
House. 

Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider the vot« by -which the Senate 
)ill " to regulate the compensation an ' " ' ' " " 

p*ess for the present session " was or( 

The Chair laid before the House a 
dent ; whicli was read as follows, viz : 

RiCHiioHD. Va., Map 28, I864. 
To the Haute of Representativeg : 

In response to 11 resolution of the House of Representatives of the 15th 
Jannary last. 1 herewith transmit for your Information a communication from 
the Secretary of War, covering a list of those who hnve been retired from the 
military service " In accordance with the provisions of the 'Act for ridding 
the Army of ignorant, disabled, and lucompetent officers.' " 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were laid upon 
the table and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Atkins moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ v o^ 

Yeas : Atkins, Baldwin, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Brnce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, Conrad, De Jamette, Dickinson, DuprS, 
Elliott, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaitlier, A. H. Garland, Goode, 
Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, Lam- 
kin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McCallum, Menees, Miles, 
Miller, Montague, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Simpson, Staples, Welsh, 
and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Akm, Bell, Blandford, Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar, Cruik- 
shank, Echols, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, 
Heiskell, Lester, I^ogan, Machen, McMullin, Morgan, Murray, Orr, 
Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M, Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Swan, 
Triplett, Turner, Villere, Whitfield, and Wright. 

So the motion prevailed, and 

The Speaker announced that the House stood adjourned until 11 
o'clock Monday. 

SECRET fiBSSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Rives submitted the following resolution : 

Whereas It has pleased Almighty God to bless tlie arms of the Confederste 
States with a series of signal successes since the opening of the present cnm- 
pnlgu, demonstrating their unquestionable ability to maintain the Int^n^ty of 
tlieir political organization, and enabling them, therefore, to express the desire 
tbey have ever felt for peace wltliout danger of their sentiments t>eing ascribed 
to weakness or apprehension. 

Resolivd (the Senate concurring). That n joint committee of the two Houses 
l>e appointed to prepare a manifesto, netting forth briefly but distinctly the true 
clinmcter of the war on the pnrt of tlie Confetlerntc RtHtes. the principles, dls- 
poslllon. and purposes by which tbey have ever liwii uctuated with r^ard to it 
and their sincere wish, on terms consistent with honor naU ttl€ pennanent 



«■/ 30. 1864.1 ■ HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 118 

necnrttr ot tbeir rlifbts, to put hd end to a saDgulnnr]' fitrlfe bo afflictive to 
bmnanitf. so coDtrarj- to the spirit ot the nge, and so lojurloue to ttie Interests 
and repose of tbedvilized world. 

Mr. Baldwin moved that the rule be suspended restricting debate 
upon the resolution ; which motion prevailed, 

Mr. Foote moved to amend the resolution by adding the following, 
viz: 

Re»olved, That wbeuever the President shall have reason to believe that by 
tbe repeated victories ucblcved by our armlea such a change ot public sentiment 
In ttie North In regard to the expediency of continuing the proMccutlon of tlHt 
present war has been effected us to eviuce clearly that our said enemy has l)eei] 
beaten out of Ills vain cooddeui.'e In our subjugation, and be shall. In order to 
encourage tbe friends of pence in tlie North and distract and divide those who 
are now inahing war upon us. decide to send commissioners to Washington City, 
for the pnrpoee of proposing the opening of negotiations with a view to tbe 
effe^rtnation of peace, upon the basis of Ck>nfedprnte Independence, the two 
Houses of Congress will cordially support him In that movement. 

Pending which, 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

BlcauoND. Va., Man 2S, I86i. 
To the Senate ana House ot Rcpresentaliveg: 

I herewith transmit for your Information a communication from the Secretary 
of War, covering copies of several reports of military ofwratlong. together with 
a copy ot a letter from Gen. R. E. Lee, In which he expresses his disapproval 
of the publication ot such reports, and to which 1 Invite your special attention. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Cliair also laid before the House a communication from the 
Secretary of the Treasury, inclosing an estimate of appropriation 
required for the redemption of the public debt due on tne Erlanger 
loan ; which was referred to the Conunittee on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-FIFTH DAY— MONDAY, May 30. 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by the Kev. Dr. Doggett. 

The Chair laid before the Hous« a communication from the Presi- 
dent ; which is as follows, viz : 
Tu tke Benale and Hoane iif Iteprescntatlvcs of the Confederate Statea of 

America: 

A bill "to provide and orR<inl7.e a general staff tor «nniea In tlio Held, to 
serve during the war," was passed by your predecessors and submitted for my 
iipproval lit the Close of the Inst session. I was unable to approve It, and now 
ilesire to Htate uiy objections to It, ne well ns my views on this important 
HubjM-t, In the lio|)e that, by a comparison ot opinion, some measure may be 
frnnied ojuiilly acceptable to the leglslntlve and executive departments of the 



I believe it to i>e eKtahllshed by tbe experience of Europe, as well as our own. 
that It Is Inipmctlcable to oi-ganize mid ailmlnlster annles with elllclency with- 
out the aid of a general stnfT. permanent In Its character, trained in Its duties. 



114 JOUKNAL OF THE [M.j SO. 18«4. 

!i><|ili'lnff tu iir»uinti»ii in iU own corpm, nnil reit|N)Ui9ll)le (o the beiid uf tUe 
de|>artu)«ut. Suili h ntuft should be coiniKiaed <it a siiiiill body ot offioers whoae 
(.■duration, pxtterleiice. nc-tivity. aud stieclal nduptiition to their duties render 
them iMaoillorly comjietent to iierfomi fuiK-'tioiis on ivhk-li an nnuy depends Tor 
Its cupaclty to ac-t with vigor. In Europe years of varied education In the 
schools, the unitonnieiit. iind the Held fit the stall offlwr for his position, and a 
long esperleuce In the lower grades Is required before he Ih deemed competent 
to duty In a more Important s])here. We tire fori-ed to make experimental 
appointments of offlters unpreiiared by any previous training, and who can only 
Acquire in actual senlce that exi)erleni-e which nmst scire In place of well- 
ftrounded instniction. It is scarcely possible to wake this experience supply 
the defect of previous military educntion otherwise than by the organization of 
the officers Into one con)8. responsible to one head, wlw can assign them to posi- 
tions lnde|)endent of the movemwts of general ofllcers. and who, by Judiciously 
varying the Beld or character of their duties, can give tbeni larger opportuni- 
ties for Instruction nnd prevent their views being narrowed to the routine and 
usages of a single commander, himself, perhaps, wltltout military education. 

Ilojie of promotion, founded on their own merit and length ot good service. Is 
as necessary to the officers of the general staff as to those of the line, furnish- 
ing the best stimulus known to honorable exertion and zealous discharge of 
duty. This stlnmlus can not eiist unless tlio statT bo organize into one corps, 
responsible to one chief, who. tllus 1)ecomlug Intiniiitely acijualnted with tbc 
capacity and merits of each, Is able properly to distribute the duties so as to 
secure the services of the right man in the right place, and afford to each an 
opportunity for distinction. If otherwise, each staff officer becomes dependent 
upon the particular commander with whom he Is serving. No means of com- 
parison exist between the rolntive merits of the officers. Each looks for promo- 
tion to the faror of bis general, and rises In gmde not by his own relative merit, 
but by the patronage uf his commander. A gallant and able commander, whose 
own promotion is exceiitlonnlly rapid by reason of his H|>ecial merits, la thus 
enabled to lift to higher grades the ofllcers of his staff to whom he has be^Mme 
attached by com |)an Ion ship In the fleld, altliough these officers may t>e far 
Inferior In merit and length of service to othern wliosc duties have conne<'ted 
tliem with generals less dlstingulshe<I. Promotion thus becomes with the staff 
n nmtter of hazard, dependent not on the nterit of the officer himself, but of the 
general with whom he serves, and heartburnings. Jealousy, and discontent are 
the natural results of so false a system. 

Again, if the general staff is not formed Into corps there will not be the 
"esprit" necessary In all military tirganizalions. nnd there can not be the co- 
InteltlRonce among the officers thereof which secures ttie certain and rapid 
communication of all Inforumtlon through the different piirts of an anny. 
There will also be embarrassment in their tenure of office and assignment to 
duty. As when a general officer dies, or Is relieved from his command, there 
remain no duties to be performed by the staff which had l^eu authorized for 
him especially. However valuable or meritorious the officers may be. they are 
dlsplatid by the staff chosen by the successor of their commander. Nothing 
remalus but to deprive them of their commissions without fault of their own. or 
to keep them In service as supernunterarles. nnd thus to add to the number of 
officers already In excess of the wants of the Army. 

Again, an organization of a general staff should possess flexibility, so that the 
proper number and class of staff officers can be sent where needed. If an In- 
flexible rule of assignment be flxed by legislation, some commands will be cum- 
bered with unnecessary officers, while others will be deficient In the number 
Indispensable to perform the necessary duties. Legislation would surely Im> 
considered unwise if It allotted by inflexible rule the numt>er of troops to be 
used In each nillltiiry de|>artment, yet It would be scarcely more objectionable 
than the assignment of the same specifled number of staff officers to each com- 
mander according to his grade, thus ni)plylng a general nile to a series of 
cases each requiring sppclnl treatment. 

The inspecting duties in an army ought not, In my ]u<te'iient, to be sepurntecl 
from those of tlw adjutants. The erroneous Impression prevails that an In- 
specting de|>artment, Independent of the general stalf. Is established In most of 
the armies of Euroiie. The reverse Is the fact, and the duties of instiectlon are 
so Intimately cnnne<-ted with the otlier duties of the general staff that they can 
be properly perfornicd by It alone. The objections to the seiwiratlnn are mnni- 
fiild. In tlie first place, officers having no other than Inspecting duties must 
fretjueutly be unemployed, even In war, while in peace their duties will occupy 



11.7 30,1864.1 HOUSE OF BEEBESENTATIVES. 115 

hut ver}! little time. Next it \» to \<e utMcrvevl thiit \v)i«re the HdJutnntB and 
Inspectora fonii one con« the (lHtl<^ of ttie uiljutuiit iimke him fuoilllar with the 
details ol the service where reform and discipline are moat needed, and thus 
render bim more competent to effective lii9|>ectiou when assigned to that duty 
tban he could be if escluslvel^ employed as inspector. Lastly, the duties of an 
inspector are sucti as not to render the officer who performs tbeui acceptable to 
bis brotber offlcerH. If his duly be properly performed. It Is not to be wondered 
at that an officer, whose duties may not be Inappropriately described as those of 
a detective, should. If his duty be rigidly performed, incur somewhat of tbe 
udium of an informer, aud when these duties conxtitule the sole service of an 
ollicer permanently attached to an aimy he most be<wnie either so lai In tbeir 
l«rformaiice as to render him useless, or his professional pride and self-respect 
are wounded and his relations with bis brother officers unfavorably affected 1^ 
the distrust aud dislike resulting from bis official retorts. When, however, 
no assistant adjutant and Insiiector general Is from time to time assigned to tbe 
making of necessary iDSpcctlons at various {toints, this temporary discbarge of 
an unpleasant duty becomes but an incident in his professional career, and does 
iKit affect bis relations with bin brother officers. 

Having stated these as the general principles which, in my judgment, should 
govern legislBtlon on the subject, the objections to the bill passed at the last 
session Clin be more easily understood, and I proceed to state them briefly : 

1. Tbe first section of the bill authorizes a general commanding armies or a 
f<e|>arate army to assign to duty one of the general officers under bis command 
IIS chief of staff, one of the brigadier-generals under his command as liispector- 
genernl. and one other brigadier as chief (|uartermaster ; nne officer below the 
rank of brigadier as chief commissary, and one as chief of ordnance. 

This power of assignment Is given without reference to, or consultation 
witli, the War Department or tbe Executive, and might be exercised In con- 
travention of tbe views and Judgment of both. Leaving out of view tbe ques- 
tion whether It Is In accordance with the Constitution to make the commander 
of an army Independent of the Commander In Chief In tbe discharge of any of 
tbe dutle« of Ills office, and looking only to the effect of surh a system. It 
plainly creates In this branch of the service as many Independent executives 
as there are generals commanding armies In the fleld, and thus destroys that 
unity of design and concert of action which are indlBi)en8able elements of 
Biicc«HH In war. Tbe generals couimiinding armies would be by this section 
vested with the right to derange the organisation of their commands as 
settled by the Conmiander in Chief by removing from tbeIr appropriate func- 
tions the commanders of coriw. divisions, and brigades whom the EiecuUve 
had selected and the Senate had approved as specially fitted to lend the trooi>s in 
battla 

That tbe general coiumaiiding the army has, under tlie terms of this section, 
the rigbt of assigning general officers under his command to the duties of the 
general staff, without reference to tbe autbority of the Executive, is plain from 
tbe other sections, wblcb declare that tbe President is to appoint, with tbe advice 
of tbe ^nate, the staffs of all general officers other than those who command 

Nor does this section restrict tbe comnianding general In relation to tbe 
branch of service or tbe grade of the officers wbom be Is |)ennitted to 
u!«ign to commissary and ordnance duties of the general staff. It Is only 
necessary that they be below the rank of brigadier-general. The commanding 
general would have tbe power, therefore, to assign a captain commissary b> 
lie chief of ordnance, or a lieutenant of iqfantry to be cliief commissary, 
V Itbout check or control from tbe President or Senate, while the President 
fiould t>e without power to appoint subordinates to tbe olllcem thus selected 
by tbe general of an army without submitting their nominations for tbe 
approval of tbe Senate. Not only, therefore. Is all order of authority inter- 
verted by these provisions, but tbe officers assigned to duty by the commanding 
gmierais, not being permanent members of the general staff, would be Inde- 
pendent of its chief, and Inextricable confusion would necessarily result. 

Tbis section, so far from resiionding to the title of the bill by providing a 
general stalT, In reality brraks up Hint which now exists, subdivides it Into n 
number of small bodies Irrcsifonslble to tbe bead of tbe department, and 
destroyK the iiimslbllit.v of niiy i-cguliii-, consistent, iiiiil Intelligent cooiH^ration 
in tbe action of our forces, so es-sentlul to Mncces.i. Its effect Is to create a 
staff for generals, not u general staff. 



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116 JOURNAL OF THE tMi]-. 30. 1864. 

If a <i>iit«Ht hIh)uI<I iirir^ 1ietw(><'n tbe quarteriuaHtfrr'treDeraln. the oomm'a- 
sarles-geDenii, or tbe cblefn of ordDaoce of Uenerale A and 6, in any district 
of country, for supitlies or uiL'aiiB of tniutt|K>rtutlon. who Is to determine be- 
tween these rivaie, eucli equul in autliority and eacb dependent on a separate 
chief? How ure the chiefs of thoKe bureaun in Itlchmond to apportion tbe 
tmppliea In store according to tbe wants of tbe different armies, without 
authority to exact from theiu reimrls and returns? If It be said that these 
officers would become tempurariiy rcsiHinslble to the heada of departments, 
bow Is this responsibility to be enforced If the orders of tbe general and those 
of tbe chief of the de[>artMicnt should conflict? If ordnanre depots are pro- 
\lded at different points for different commands, how is tbe officer in charge 
of these d^»ots to net If ordered by tbe cbief of ordnance of a general In tbe 
field to make a different disposal of the stores from that ordered by tbe bead 
vt tbe department in Richmond? 

If such a hill should become a law. in vain would the War Department seek 
to exact rigid obedience to law or orders from tbe Irresponsible staff created 
auder Ita provisions. In vaiu would it seelt for tbe information necessary 
for Its guidance, or attempt to change the relative strength of armies to meet 
the varying uiovements of the enemy. The staff officers could be made ttie 
ready and safe mcnns of thwartiug the Govn'nment Iti its orders for ttie 
removal of troops from one command to reenforce threatened positions In 
another, and could be easily rendered subservient to the natural but dangerous 
[•ropenslty of most commanders to retain nil tbe troops under their own control 
for the safety of their own commands, without reference to more urgent needs 
at other points. 

It Is scarcely necessary to add to these considerations more than a bare 
allusion to the tendency of such bodies of officers, when dependent for their 
own promotion on the favor of their special chiefs, to resort to Hgencles less 
commendable than tbe zealous discharge of their legitimate duties for tbe 
attainment of their desires. 

II. Another very objectionable feature of the bill proposed Is its effect on 
tbe officers of the general staff other than those who may be selected as tbe 
favorites of commanding generals. 

Numbers of zealous, meritorious, and valuable officers have made the duties 
of tbe general stalT objects of spei'ial study ; have embraced the staff as a 
branch of the profession in whk-h. under existing laws, they are entitled to 
pi-omotlou for [nerlt and long service. Just as the line officers have a right to 
promotion In their branch. 

Tbis bill deprives the staff officers of this tbe great Incentive to the zealous 
discbarge of duty. It debars them from promotion to tbe higher grades of 
their own branch of service, and bestows these pri7.ee of honorable ambition 
on officers of the line, who will thus mono|)oil7« tbe promotions to the higher 
grades, both in the line and staff, to tbe entire eichision of the officers of the 
latter. Few will be willing to remain in tbe staff under such clrcumatances. 
Those who consent to continue will be those least ambitious of promotioo, 
and tbe whole staff service will be Impaired In tone and efficiency. 

III. The assignment of general officers to staff duties, as provided in tbe 
bill, would leave many brigades, some dlvlsloiis, and. perhaps, some corps, 
without their appropriate commanders, and no provision Is made to sui^ly 
the vacancies thus created. Are tbeir commands to l»e considered vacant and 
successors appointed? If bo, what la to become of those assigned to Stalt 
duty should the commanding general revoke the aaslgnnipnt? If the contrary, 
many brigades will t>e commanded by tbe officer next In rank to tbe assigned 
brigadier, however lncomi>etent such officer may be to command a brigade, 
and tbe like would occur as to divisions and corps, lu contravention of ttie 
policy well considered and established that general officers are appointed by 
selection for merit, and not promoted by seniority. If tbe commanding general 
Is ordered to another command. Is he to tnlie his staff with him. or Is he to 
leave It for sen-Ice with his successor? In either case Is tbe whole general 
staff of eacb army to be changed at the caprice of tbe new commander? This 
must be the effect of the bill, for the power to assign necessarily implies tbe 
power to revoke, as It would otherwise be equivalent to a permanent appoint- 
ment that could only be made by tbe President, with tbe advice and eotiseot 
of the Senate. 

IV. Tbe fourth objection to tbe bill Is that It applies one rigid rule for tbe 
number of tbe general staff, based solely on tbe rank of tbe commaiider, and 



UajT so, 1864.1 HOUSE OP REPRESENT ATI VEfi. 117 

baring no reference ta tbe necessities of a command. The staff allowed la 
exce^ve In number and niuk Id many liixtancea and entirely Inadequate In 
otlten. A law providing n general stiiff <>ii BU<.-b a basin as la iisaumed In tbls 
bill can not, Trom its very nature, be executed according to ita tenna. Tbe 
labor required ot tbe staff connected wltb a brigade, division, or corps depends 
on the fact of its being part iif nn iinii; or a separate (.ommand. as well as on 
tbe number of men, the eiteiit of tbe country over wblcb openitlona are to be 
conducted, tbe abundance or scarcity of supplies In tbe district, the existence 
or absence of railroad, river, or other transportation, tbe concentration or 
dispersion of the troopp, and the many otber circumstances wblcb control 
military movements In time of wnr. It Is Impossible to apply a rigid, unbend- 
ing rule to sucb diverse cases. 

An organization Into corps meets all tbeee difficulties by providing tor assign- 
ment of tbe proper numt>er of officers to different commands according to tbe 
needs of eacb. 

y. Tbe number and rank of tbe alds-de-camp allowed by the bill Is believed to 
be greatly In excess of those allowed by other governments, and quite unsulted 
to tbe nature of onrs. They would ratber Impede than Improve tbe service. 
Tbey would encourage a love of ostentation and feed a fondness for vain display, 
which should ratber be disconrnged than fostered. The eiperlence of this war 
baa demonstrated that the most efficient commanders, tboee who have most 
attracted tbe respect, gratitude, and admiration of their country, have avoided 
tbe large retinue of personal staff which this bill would seem to sanction as 
proper or desirable. 

TI. Tbe objection to tbe enormous increase In the number of officers and 
expenditure that wouid result from the passage of sucb a bill becomes a mat- 
ter of serious concern when no corresponding increase of efficiency Is secured; 
of still graver Importance, when the opposite result is to be feared. 

According to the bill as passed, tbe staff would embrace an addition of about 
four bundred officers, Invoh'lng an Increased annual oxpeudlture for [>ay, rations, 
forage, and allowance, amounting to |1, 138,728 above the present staff as organ- 
lied by general orders under existing legislation. 

]f generals are to be allowed to ctiange the staff of each army to which they 
may be assigned at their pleasure. It Is dldlcult to calculate the extent to which 
tbls abuse would grow, tbe number of men that would be withdrawn from use- 
ful service to cumber tbe staff, or the Increase of eipendlture involved. 

Congress will perceive that wllb objections so radical It was Impossible for 
me to approve tbe bill passed at the last session, and Ibut tbe subject was too 
important to be treated In a hurried message within tbe last feiv hours of the 
close of a Congress. Concurring In tbe expediency of legislation for the oi^anl- 
Batlon of a general staff, I have thought a full exposition of my views on tbe 
BUbJeet would, perhaps, conduce to the framing of a measure wblcb would carry 
Into effect tbe views of th« legislative department while excluding tbe provi- 
sions which have compelled me to decline approving that devised by your 
predecessors. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

RiCBUOHD, May 28, 1864. 

On motion of Mr. Garland, the communication was referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair laid before the House the memorial of the James River 
Canal Packet Company, asking increased compensation for carryine 
the mail; which was referred to the Committee on Posfc-Oflices and 
Post- Roads. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 50) " to regulate the selection of juries in 
the district courts of the Confederate States in certain cases; " which 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
the Judiciary. 

Also, a Senate bill {S. 48) " to amend the act to provide an invalid 
corps, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four; " wnich was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill (H. R, 52) " to amend an act of this Congress entitled 



118 JOUBNAL OF THE tM«J 30, 1884. 

'An act to provide for holding elections of Kepresentntives in the 
Congress of the Confederate Statfs in the State of Tennessee;'" 
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ments: 

1. Strike out, In Bectlon 1, line '1. Ilit> tvonls " uf tUitt ('ongreiiH " n»<l hiHcrt In 
line 4, after tlie word " TeiiiieBsee." the words " Hpproved May first, eighteen 
buDdred and Blxty-tbree." 

2. Amend the title by strlkiug out the ivords " of this CongresB " and ndding 
nt end of title the words " a|i|irored May flmt, eighteen hundred and nlxty-thrce." 

Mr. Heislcell moved to suspend the rules requiring the amendments 
to be referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed, and tlie amendments of the Senate were 
concurred in. 

Mr. Dupr^, under a suspension of the rules, presented a communi- 
cation from the Superintendent of Public Printing; which was laid 
upon the table: 

Mr. Dupre, from the Committee on Printing, to whom had been 
referred a Senate bill (S. 22) " to secure the prompt printing of the 
laws of the Confederate States," under a suspension of the rules, 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
the following amendments: 

Add the following aa independent sections ; 

" Sec. 3. That all the printing required by the heads of the eeveral Executive 
Etepartinents (the Post-Offlee Department excepted) shall be executed under the 
direction of the Superintendent of Public Printing, and euob (.'oni])eusBtion shall 
be paid as may be agreed upon between the heads of the Departments, respec- 
tively, and the contractor or contractors doing the work. The Superintendent 
of Public Printing shall have authority to npportton the work of said Depart- 
ments among any number of contractors and printing establtsbments that may 
t)e necessary to secure the prompt execution thereof; and he may have the 
same done by job or otherwise. 

" Sec. 4. In addition to the copy of the Inws which the members of Congress 
are now entitled to receive by law. there shall be delivered to tbeni by the 
Attorney .General one copy of the acts of each session of Congress and one copy 
of the laws of the Provisional Congress now In course of publication; and here- 
after every new member of Congress shall be entitled to two copies of the said 
laws," 

' in tlie second line of the bill, the words 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendments of the Senate were agreed to. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Chiiton, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the follow- 
ing resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Accounts audit and certify the amount of 
necessary expense incurred by Captain Ben. Lane Posey In attending as a wit- 
ness before the committee charged with the Investigation of tlie ciiarges against 
W. R. W. Cobb, and said nci-ount. wlien so audited and certlfle<l. shall be paid 
out of tlie contingent fund of this House ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Sexton moved to sus])cnd the rules, to take up for consideration 
llu' bill •' to establish certain post routes therein named." 

The motion prevailed. 



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Mr. Sextoa Hiibinitte<l the following amendments i which were 
agreed to : 

Also, from Warwick I'lnit-OIIUi;. in Wovtii County, <ieuri!iii. to Vieaua. l>ou1y 
Uoauty, Ueurglii. 

Also, from Big Licli. ItoaiK>li« County. Virglulti, to Koc-ky Mouut, Fruiiklln 
Cunntj-, VIPKlnla. via Boubrook. 

Also, from IndepeixleiK-e. CriiyKon Couuty, VIrglala. vln No«b ling's, John C. 
Harrington's, and Samuel Perkhut'. to Big Meadowit, lu the naM county of 

Also, from Rye Valley. In Smytb Count}'. Vlrglnlu, via Esquire Roes', in 
Grayson County, nntl Bridle Creek to Independence. In tinid couaty of Grayson. 

Mr. Fuller submitted the following amendment : 

Amend route No. 2IT3 ho ni« to rend : 

"From Fayette»llle. by Lumber Bridge, DunUnrratb. Mealton [Maxton?], 
Gllo|iolls. Lanrlnburg. Rprlngfleid. and Gibson's Store. [Nortb Caroiinn,] and 
Brtgbtsvllle, Soutb CaroHua. to Cberaw, South Cnrollua." 

The amendment was agreed to. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the titlo 
was read and agreed to. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of unfinished busi- 
ness, viz: 

The resolution of Mr. Foote in regard to a change in the head of the 
Treasury Department. 

Mr. toote, by unanimous consent, having modltied his resolution 
by striking out the preamble, 

Mr. Lyon moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on the 
Judiciary. 

Mr, Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 4S 

And recorded as follows, viz: i jj^ „» 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Aver, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce, Brad- 
ley, Branch, Bridgers, EH M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chrisman, 
Clopton, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Farrow, Funsten, 
Gaither, Gholson, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lester, 
Lyon, McCallum, McMuUin, Montague, Morgan, Pugh, Rives, Rus- 
sell, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Swan, 
Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays; Atkins, Baldwin, Belt, Chambers, Chilton, Conrad, Cruik- 
shank, Dupre, Foote, Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R, K, Garland, 
Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, 
J. T. L«ach, Logan, Machen, Marshall, Menees, Miller, Murray, Orr, 
Perkins, Kamsav, Rogers, Sexton, W. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett, 
Turner, and Viller^, 

So the motion to refer prevailed, 

Mr, Sexton introduced 

A joint resolution "of thanks to the Ninth Regiment of Texas 
Infantry; " 

which was read a first and second time, engrossed, read a third time, 
and passed. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution: 

Uetolved. That tlw joint rcHoiution Rxing tlie time for tbe adjournment of tUe 
Senate and Houste of Represeiitiitiven on tbe tbirty-first day of Slay, eigliteen 
hundred and Hlxty-ftiur. lie. and is hereby, i-exeiuded. 



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120 JOUBNAL OF THE [Mw 30, 18M. 

Mr. A. H. Garland submitted the following amendment: 
Add nt tbe eiid of tbe resolution the following: " and tbe Senate conctirriiw, 
the President of the Senate und tUe Spenher of the llonse of R^reaentatlves 
udjourn their respective bodies, itlne die. nt twelvf o'clock meridian on Saturday, 
the fourth day of June, eighteen hundred and slxty-fonr." 

Mr. Hartridge submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment : 

Strilie out the whole thereof and insert tbe foliowing, viz: "and tliat the 
President of the Senate and tlie S|)eaiier of the Honne of Repreaentatlvee adjourn 
their respective Houses at tweive meridian on Tuesday. June seventh." 

Mr. Marshall moved to postpone the consideration of the resolu- 
tion and amendments for the present, to enable him to call up his 
motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill "to regulate 
the compensation of members of Congress for the present session " 
was lost. 

The motion to postpone prevailed. 

The motion to reconsider also prevailed. 

Mr. Chambers moved that his motion to reconsider the vote by 
which the bill was ordered to a third reading be taken up for con- 
sideration. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Goode called the question; which was ordered, and the motion 
to reconsider prevailed. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved that the bill be referred to a special com- 
mittee of one from each State. 

Mr. Dupre called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
was lost, 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by striking out the words 
" for the present session; " which amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Russell moved to amend the bill by adding at the end thereof 
the words " for twelve months after the passage of this act." 

Mr. Marshall moved the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr. Russell was lost. 

The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring and 
being put. 

Shall the bill pass? 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j NayL\\V:;;""_V:_V::: S [47] 
Yeas: Baylor, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chris- 
man, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland. 
Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge. Keeble. lvenni>i-, 
Lamkin, Lester, Logan, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Miles, Mil- 
ler, Morgan, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Smith of Alabama, Swan, Trip- 
lett, Vilfer4, and Whitfield. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, 
Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Con- 
rad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Farrow, Foster, 
Fuller, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Holder, Holliday, John- 
ston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leachj Lyon. McMullin, Menees, Montague, 
Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, 



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W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Witherspoon, and 
Wright 

So the bill was lost 

Mr. Read moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
introduce a bill. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Foster moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill " to 
regulate the compensation and mileage of members of Congress for 
the present session " was lost. 

Mr. Marshall moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table, 

Mr. Hanly demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; which were not 
ordered. 

The motion to lay on the table was lost, and the motion to recon- 
sider prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the bill was referred to a select committee 
of one from each State, to be appointed by the Chair. 

Mr. S. B. Callahan, Delegate from the Creek Nation, appeared, 
was sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, 
and took his seat m the House. 

The House then returned to the consideration of the resolution of 
Mr. Russell to rescind the resolution of adjournment. 

Mr. Heiskell called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr, Hartridge to the 
amendment of Mr. [A, H,] Garland, 

Mr. Hodge demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded .= follows, vi.: | ir,!":::::::::::::::::: tl [^ 

Yeas : Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jamette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, 
Funsten, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hil- 
ton, Hodge, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, 
Machen, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Montague, 
Murray, Perkins, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake. Simpson, Sta- 
ples, Viller^, Whitfield, Wickham, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Branch, Brideers, 
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, 
Ewing, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A, H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Kee- 
ble, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Morgan, Pugh, Ram- 
say, Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Turner, and Wright, 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Garland, as 
amended, 

Mr. Heiskell called the question ; which was ordered. 

Upon which Mr. H. W. Bruce demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: | nSS""II """'"""III 34 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, 
Bradley, Branch, Bridgera, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar, 
Conrad, De Jamette, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, 
Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Hartridge, Heiskell, 



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122 JOUHNAL OF THE (Msy, 30, Itl«4, 

Hodge, Holder, J. M. Leach, Ijcster, Li^n, Lyon, Machen, McCal- 
lum, McMulHii, MenceSj Miles, Miller, Miirray, Piigh, Rives, Sexton, 
Shewnwke, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Tumor, 
ViHere, Whitfield, and Withersi>o«n. 

Nayy: Ayer, Baldwin. Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, Foote, Foster, Fuller, (Jholson, Goode. 
Hanly, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin. J. T. 
Leach, Marshall, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Kamsay, Read, Rogers, 
Russell, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, and 
Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to, 

Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
question; which was ordered, and the motion was lost. 

The question recurring on the resolution of Mr. Russell, as 
amended, 

Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < -k^^ ."Jq 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Aver, Baldwin, Baylor, Bradley, 
Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman. Clopton, Conrad, 
De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, 
Funsten, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskelt, Hilton, 
Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J, T. Leach, Ijester, 
Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Miller, Mur- 
ray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Rus.seU, Sexton, Shewmake. Simpson, 
Singleton, Staples, Vulerfi, and W^itherspoon. 

Nays: Bell, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Cniik- 
shank, Elliott, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Hanly, Holliday, Keeble, L.amkin, Marshall, Miles, Montague, 
Moi%an, Ramsay, ReadjRogers, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Turner, and Wright. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

ill: speaker: Tbe Seonte have iwssed u bill (S. 53) to amend the several ncto 
In relation to a volunteer navy, ^uid a bill <S. 38) for tbe layaient of comiuls- 
slonera appointed under the net entitled ".\n act to »ii!t[)eii(l tbe privlteKe vt tbe 
writ of habeas corpus In certain eaeee," and to confer certain powers upon aiild 
comiulesloners : In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of Ihla House. 

Mr, Cruiksliank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S, 7. Joint resolution in regard to the exemption of editors and 
eniployees of newspapers; 

S. 10. An act to amend an act entitled "An net to aid any State in 
communicating with and perfecting records concerning its troops," 
approved February l(i, 1864; 

S. 28. An act to amend an act entitled "An act creating the office of 
ensign in the Army of the Confederate States ; " 

S. 39. An act to amend the several acts in regard to chaplains; and 

S. 41. An act to provide for the appointment of a disbursing clerk 
in the War Department. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 



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The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 53) " to amend 
the several acts in relation to a volunteer navy;" which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Also, a bill of the Senate (S. 38) " for the payment of comniis- 
siooers ap[>ointed under the act entitled 'An act to suspend the privi- 
lege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases,' and to confer 
certain powers upon said commissioners;" which was read a first 
and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lyon moved that the House resolve itself into secret session. 

The motion was lost. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to 
consider the special order, viz: 

The bill to amend the tax laws, 

Mr. Sexton in the chair. 

Pending which, 

The hour of 3 having arrived. 

The Speaker took the chair and announced that the House would 
take a recess until 8 o'clock. 

Having reassembled at that hour. 

The House again resolved itself into_Committee of the Whole, Mr. 
Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the commit- 
tee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the committee 
Iiad had the subject referred to them under consideration, and had 
come to no conclusion thereon. 

The Speaker announced the appointment of the special committee - 
on the Senate bill " to regulate the compensation and mileage of 
members of Congress for the present session " as follows: 

I. Mr. Foote of Tennessee; 

5. Mr. Marshall of Kentuc^ ; 

3. Mr. Chambers of Mississippi ; 

4. Mr. Kenner of Louisiana ; 

6. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina ; 

6. Mr. Pugh of Alabama ; 

7. Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas; 

8. Mr. Russell of Virginia ; 

9. Mr. Simpson of South Carolina; 

10. Mr. J. M. Smith of Georgia ; 

II. Mr. Morgan of Texas; and 
12. Mr. Rogers of Florida. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Ur. speaker: Tbe Senate concur In the resolution of the House of Repre- 
nentatives rescinding the resolution passed by the two Houses Bxlog a day 
for the ndjournnieiit of the present session of Congress, nnd flulng Tuesdny, 
the 71h day of June next, therefor. 

The House then, on motion of Mr. Miles, resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in 
open session. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, 

The House adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 



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SECRET 8EBS10I<. 

The House being in secret session, 

A tnessaee was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill of tbe followlDg title, viz : 

8. 57. An act to provide for tbe appolDtment of ofHoera with tmwocary rank 
and command; 

In wblcb I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of tbls House. 

The Chair kid before the House a Senate bill (S. 57) " to provide 
for the appointment of officers with temporary rank and command ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Miles moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following amendment : 

In tbe second section, strike out the words "sucb time aa tbe exigency may 
require " and Insert in lieu thereof the worfis " thirty daya." 

Mr. Hartridge demanded the previous question. 

Mr. Hodge demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered, and the demand for the previous question was sustained. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Foote, 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered, 
and the amendment was lost. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to a third reading. 

Mr. Hilton called the ouestion ; which was ordered. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz : ] jj^s"""'""'I ""I" 41 

Yeas: Baldwin, Baylor, Branch, Chilton, Cruikshank, Foote, 
Fuller, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, Holliday, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. 
Leach, Ix)^n, McCallum, Orr, Ramsay, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Triplett, and Villere. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Bark^dale, Bell, Blandford, Bradley, 
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chanibers, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Echols, 
Ewing, Foster, Gaither, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, 
Hilton, Hodge, Johnston, Keeble, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McMullm, 
Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Sexton, Shewmake, Simp- 
son, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Whitfield, and 
Wright. 

So the motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Goode called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being put, 

Shall the bill pass i 

It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and agreed 
to. 

On motion of Mr. A. H. Garland, 

The House resolved itself into oi>eii s 



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TWENTY-SIXTH DAY— TUESDAY, May 31, 1884. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer ^ Rev, Dr. Domett. 

The Qiair announcra the appointment of the special committee 
under tbe resolution of Mr. Heiskeil to investigate the violations of 
the impressment law in East Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, 
viz: 

Mr. Heiskeil of Tennessee, Mr. Miller of Virginia, and Mr. Elliott 
of Kentucky. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., Mav SO, 186i. 
To the Senate and House of Repre»e»tativc»: 

I herewith tranBinlt for your consideration commuDlcatloDH from tbe proper 
olltceni, sabiiilttlnK estitimtea of tlie niiiouniN required to curry out the provi- 
sions of the act approved May 13. 1864, autborlzlDg additional compeDsatiOD 
to certain ofBcers and employees In the civil and legislative departmenta of 
tbe Government 

JEFFEBSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair also laid before the House another communication from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

RiciiuoND, Va., Mav SO, 186i. 
To the Senate and Uoute of Repreientativea: 

I herewith trananilt for your consideration a communication from tbe Secre- 
tary of tbe Treaaury. HubiuHtlug an estimate of nu nddltlonnl aum required 
for the support of tbe Government 

JBPFBRSON DA VI 8. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Singleton, under a suspension of the rules, presented the me- 
morial of Capt. E. R. Morerod, asking relief from loss incurred by 
money stolen; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, the claim of Thomas Metzler, of Yazoo County, Miss., for 
remuneration for loss of steam mill burned by the enemy; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, the claim of John Cooper, of Madison County, Miss., for 
taxes overpaid; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Chilton, from the special committee to investigate the charges 
against Hon. W. K. W. Cobb, submitted a written report, accom- 
panied by the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the seat of Wllllamaon R. W. Cobb as a member-elect to the 
House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Confederate States 
of America from the Third Congressional district of the Stale of Ainbamn be. 
and the same is hereby, declarpd vacant, and thf name of said C«bb Is hereby 
ordered tu be stricken from the roll of members of this House, and that the 
writ of election to fill such vacancy may be issued by the proper authority. 



Mr. H. W. Bnice moved to recommit the reimrt and resolution to 
the committee, with instructions to take further testimony during 
the vacation. 

The motion prevailed. j~~ . 

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126 JOURNAL OF THE [Mny SI. 18«4. 

Mr. Hilton moved that the rules l>e suspended to enable him to 
offer a resolution. 

Mr. Singleton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz : j Voyj, 27 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, 
Branch, Eli M. Brucej Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colv'sr, Cruik- 
shank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Elliott, Ewing, Far- 
row, FoKter, Funsten, Gaither, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Heis- 
kell. Hilton, Holder, HolUday, Keeble, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, 
McCallum, Menees, Montague, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Rogers, Sexton, 
Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Swan, Triplett, "Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays : Anderson, Baldwin, Bradley, Horatio W. Bnice, CJfiambers, 
Conrad, Foote, Fuller, A, H. Garfand, Gilmer, Hanly, Johnston, 
Kenner, Lamkin, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McMullin, 
Miller, Murray, Perkins, Ramsay, Read, Russell, Simpson, Turner, 
and Villere. 

Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rules were sus- 
pended. 

Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution : 

Rciolved, That during tlie prpseiit scbhIoii no uietiilier tit tlilH House nhall 
spenk more than ininuteH nt one tlnte. nor more timii om-c on luiy question. 

Mr. Conrad moved to fill the blank with the word " sixty." 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved to fill the blank with the word " fifty." 

Mr. Hilton moved to fill the blank with the word " twenty." 

Mr. Akin moved to fill the blank with the word " ten." 

Mr. Blandford moved to fill the blank with the word " five." 

Mr. Hilton moved the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr, Conrad, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. H. W. Bruce, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Hilton, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Hilton called the question ; which was ordered, and the reso- 
lution was adopted. 

Mr, Smith of North Carolina moved that the rules be suspended to 
enable him to introduce a bill and several resolutions. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr, Akin moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
present a memorial. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Foote moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
report from the Special Committee on Pay and Mileage. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Foote, from said committee, to whom had been referred a 
Senate bill " to regulate the compensation and mileage of members 
of Congress for the present session." reported back the same with 
the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendments : 

strike out the worde " tlie prpsent session" ;inil Insert In lieu thereof the 
words " the first year of the Second Congress." 



May 31, 18«4.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 127 

AM tlie following un Hn iadepeiident section: 

"'■i. That the coui|)eii!Mition ot tlie officers of Congress for one year from the 
jMtKuge of tbiH net ishull be double tbe nniouot iiUownl lu Ibe net entitled *An 
art to reflate the cotiipeiisntloii of tbe ofllcere of tbe Senate nnd of the House 
of Ropreeentatlrea,' approved March twenty- fourth, e)gbte«i hundred and 
slxty<two; and officers whose appointment bas been authorized since the pas- 
EDKe of said act shall be entitled to the same compensation as officers of like 
gmde Damed therein ; but the provisions of this act shall not ojierate to reduce 
the compensation now allowed by law to any officer uf the Senate or of the 
House of RepresentatlTcs." 

Tlie question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Oilendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

sir. Foote moved the previous fjuestion; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendments of the committee, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The question recurring on the passage of the bill, 

Mr. Barksdale demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ) ^'^J^ ^^ 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Aver, Baylor, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Chambers, Chrisman, Dupre, Elliott, Foote, Funsten, 
(laither, A. H. Gitrland, R. K, Garland, Goode. Hanly, Hartridge, 
ITeiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, IJester, Logan, 
Machen, McCallum, i^nees, Miles, Miller, Morgan, Murray, Pugh, 
Head, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M^ Smith, 
Swan, Triplett, Villere, and Whitfield. 

Nays; Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Chilton, 
Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jamette, Dickinson, 
Echols, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gholson, Gilmer, Holder, HoUiday, 
Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Marshall, McMullin, Mon- 
tague, Perkins, Ramsay, Rives, Shewmake, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Sfaples, Turner, Witberspoon, and Wright. 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Foote moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
question; which was ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The committee moved to amend the title by striking out the words 
" for the present session " and adding the words " and increase the 
compensation of officers of the Senate and House of Representatives." 

Tne amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of unfinished busi- 
ness, viz: 

The bill to authorize the President to confer temporary rank and 
command upon officers of the Provisional Army who may oe assigned 
for special service. 

ITie question being on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin, 

Mr. Miles demanded the yeas and nays; 
- Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j ^^^^ J ^ ^ J" 34 

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138 JOUBNAL OF THE [U>j 31. 1S<M. 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, 
Blandford, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Du- 

Ere, Gaither, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, 
[eiskell, Hilton, Johnston. Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, 
J. T. Leach, Lester, Lyon, Menee^;, Miller, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Rives, 
Shewmake, W. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett, Turner, Villere/Wither- 
spoon, and Wririit. 

Nays: Branch, Chilton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Farrow, Foster, 
Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Hanly, Hodge, Holder, HoUiday, 
Machen, Marshall, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Imirrav, Perkins, Simp- 
son, Singleton, J. M. Smith, and Whitfield. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Bavlor moved to suspend the rules, to enable him to record his 
vote on the passage of the bill " to regulate the compensation and 
mileage of nembers of Congress for the present session. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Miles moved that the special order be postponed to enable him 
to report from the Committee on Military Afiairs. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military [Affairs], to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S. 40) "to amend the act to allow com- 
missioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purchasing 
clothing from the Quartermaster's Department, approved seventeenth 
February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four," reported back the same 
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it do Ue upon the table ; which was 
agreed to. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 23) " to provide for the appointment of 
additional military storekeepers in the Provisional Army of the 
Confederate States," with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, , 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Conrad submitted the following amendment: 

Add at the end of tLe bill tlie words "'or those who Imd held tUe snme office 
under the Governnieut of tUe United Stntea mid reeigned In ronaequeuoe of the 
seoeaaton of their States." 

Mr. Fuller submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of Mr. Conrad : 

■ those who are 

Mr. Miles called the question ; which was ordered, and the amend- 
ment of Mr. Fuller was lost. 

The amendment of Mr. Conrad was lost. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill 
(S. 24) " to authorize the appointment of additional officers of artil- 
le^forordnance duties," witli the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill aiid placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. nz dbvOoOQic 



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The bill Tras read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill 
(8. 34) "to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned offi- 
cers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service," with the rec- 
ommendation that it do pass with the following amendment (in the 
nature of a substitute) : 

Tbot all persons detailed from the Annj. or after eDroUment for military 
service, for special duty or extra duty shall be allowed to receive tbelr regular 
pay. rations, and allowunires as If tbey were performing service In the fleld. 

Sec. 2. That It eball be competent to the Secretary of War to slluw as extra 
pay to tbe persons thus detallnl a sum not to exceed two dollars per daj, under 
such general regulations as he may prescribe. 

Sec. 3. Tbnt It shall t>e competent to tbe Secretsry of War to allow payment 
for extra work performed in tbe manufneturlng estahllabmeuta, workshops, and 
agencies of the Government, under such regulations as be may prescribe. 

Sec, 4. That It sLall be competent for the Secretary of Wsr, when a detail Is 
sought for by any person belonging to the military service, If he deems It Just 
and proper, to impose as a condition that tbe sold person shall not receive any 
pay, rations, or allowances during the rontinuance of the same, and If tbe detail 
is accepted with the said condition, that It shall be obligatory upon the person 
receiving tbe same. 

Sec. 5. That all laws hereafter | heretofore) passed for the regulation of the 
pay of detailed men be, and tbe same are hereby, repealed. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed ta 

The bill was read a third time and passed. 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the title by striking out the same and 
inserting in lieu thereof the following: 

A bill to regulate the pay of men detailed from the Army, or after enroll- 
ment, on special or extra duty. 

The amendment was agreed to. 

The title as amended was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill 
(S. 15) " to furnish transportation to officers of the Army and Navy 
while traveling under orders," with the recommendation that it do 
pass with the ftllowing amendment : 

Insert at tbe end of tbe fifth line tbe words " and ten dollars per day for 
expenses wbiie necessarily traveling in tbe execution of their orders." 

The question being on postponing (he bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Marshall, from the same committee, reported back a Senate 
bill (S. 31) " to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provi- 
sional Army, and to pimish lawlesinness and irregularities of any 
portions thereof," with the recommendation that it do pass with the 
following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

That the commanding general of any army In the fleld shall have tbe power 
to direct the dismounting of any noncommissioned officer or soldier In the 

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130 JOURNAL OF TH& [May 31, ]8«. 

cnvaltT aervlce in taie comniand, nud to place bim In the iDfantry, who shall 
ralsbehare before the eiieuiy or Hball be Bullty of Illegally wasting, a|iollntlng, 
or npproprlatlug to bis own use aiiy private pro|)ertj-, or of dolnR any violence 
to an; citizen. 

2, That tbe horses belonging to |>erBoUB ho dlsuiouoted, and which tbey may 
have bad In the service, may lie taken for tlie use of tbe Army, and tbe ajv 
pralBed value thereof shall be paid to tbe owner. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Pending the question on the amendment of the committee, 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until f* o'clock; 

And having reassembled, 

Mr, Funsten moved that leave of absenre be granted Mr. Welsh 
(detained from his seat by indisposition). 

Mr. Sexton demanded me yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | xr „ q 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Boyce, Bradley. Branch, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colvar. Criiikshank. Dickinson, Dupre, 
Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. riarland. Gholson, 
Heiskell, Hilton, HolUday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. 
Leach, I^ester, Logan, Lyon. McCallum, Miles, Montague. Mooro, 
Morgan, Orr, Ramsay, Rogers. Rus.sell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, 
J. IVL Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Villere, and 
Witherspoon. 

Nays: None. 

No ciiiorum being present, 

Mr. Hilton moved a call of the House; which motion prevailed. 

Upon the call of the roll the following gentlemen answered to their 
names : 

Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, Horatio V,'. 
Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colvar, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupr^, 
Ewing. F'arrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland. R. K. Garland, Gholson, 
Heiskell. Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, I^nikin, J. T, 
Leach, Lester, Ix)gan, Lyon, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Miles, 
Montague, Moore, Morgan, Orr. Pugh, Ramsav, Rogers, Russell, Sex- 
ton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Viller^, Whitfield, Witherspoon, 
and Mr. Speaker, 

A quorum having voted, 

On motion of Mr. Sexton, all further proceedings under the call 
were dispensed with. 

The question being on the motion to grant leave of absence to Mr. 
Welsh, 

It *as decided in the affirniutive. 

On motion of Mr. Ewing, leave of absence was granted bis col- 
league, Mr. Machen (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

Mr. Rogers moved to suspend the rule limiting debate. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Rogers moved that the niles 1» suspended to enable him to make 
a personal explanation ; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Heiskell called the question. z^-- i 



Ma7 31. 18M.1 HOUSE OF BBPBESEKTATnTES. 131 

Mr. Hilton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of the committee to the Sen- 
ate bill " to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional 
Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portions 
thereof," 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The question recurring on the passage of the bill, 

Mr. Murray demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz : -j j^^^ jj2 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, 
Bradley Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Colyar, Conrad, Cruik- 
^hank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Farrow, Foster, R. K. 
Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hodge, Johnston, Kee- 
ble, Kenner, Lamkin, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McMullin, 
Menees, Miles, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Read, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. 
Smith, Staples, Triplett, Villere, aqd Wright. 

Nays: Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Chilton, Clopton, Elliott, Ewing, 
Foote, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, Hilton, Holder, HoT- 
liday, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, McCallum, Miller, Montague, Moore, 
Murray, Perkins, Ramsay, Rojgers, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Smith 
of North Carolina, Turner, Whitfield, and Witherspoon. 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr, Foster moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
question ; which was ordered. 

The motion was lost. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr, Villere, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported 
back a Senate bill (S. 43) " to regulate the pay of a general assigned 
to duty at the seat of government under the provisions of the act 
approved March twenty-fifth, eighteen hundretl and sixty-two," with 
the recommendation that it Jo pass with the following amendment 
(in the nature of a substitute) : 

Tbat the pay of a general sliall be six buodred dollars per montb: that of a 
llenteDant-general Bve hundred dolUrH per mootb. aod that of a iuaJor-Ken«ml 
five bnndred dollars per month, whether assigned to posts or In the field ; and 
these officers shall not receive the additional compensation heretofore allowed 
for commanding n separate army In the field. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It .was decided in the n^ative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed. 

Mr. VillerS moved to amend the title by striking out the same and 
inserting in lieu thereof the following, viz: 

A bill to graduate the pay of general oflk-era. 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Villere, from the same committee, reported back 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Major-General Richard Taylor 
and the officers and men of his command, ' 
with the recommendation that it do pass. ( (>OqIc 



132 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar 31, 18«. 

The q^uestion being on postponing the bill [joint resolution] and 
placing it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed 
unanimously. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr, Chambers, from the same committee, reported back 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish a niter and 
mining bureau,' approved April twenty-second, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-three," 

with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its 
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which was 
agreed to. ■ 

Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, reported a bill with the 
same title, with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr, Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, according to 
order, reported back 

A bill " to provide a staff and clerical force for any general who 
may be assigned by the President to duty at the seat of government, 
approved ilarch twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two." 

And the bill was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, 

The House then, on motion of Mr, Lyon, resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in 
open session. 

On motion of Mr. A, H. Garland, 

The House adjourned. 



The House being in secret s 

Mr, Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported 

A bill " making appropriations for the redemption of the seven 
per cent foreign loan authorized by act of Congress approved twenty- 
ninth January, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the WTiole, for 
the purpose of considering the bill, Mr. Smith of North Carolina in 
the chair. 

Having spent some time therein, the committee rose and reported, 
through their Chairman, that the committee had had the bill under 
consideration, and recommended that it do pass without any amend- 
ment. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and ag^d to. 



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June 1, 1864.1 HOUSE OF EEPEESEN TAT IVES. 133 

Mr. Rogers, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the follow- 
ing resolution : 

Resolved, at the sense of this Houae, That the injunction of secrecy upon the 
proceedings of the ProvlHional and the First Permunent Congress of the Confed- 
erate States ought cot to be so construed as to preclude the members of this 
Congress from a knowledge of all the proceedings of those bodies had In secret 
session. 

Resolved further. That the Injunction of secrecy upon the proceedings afore- 
said shall be bindlDg upon the members of this Congress until the same shall be 
removed ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly enrolled 

S. 57. An act to provide for the appointment of officers with tem- 
porary rank and command. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

On motion of Mr. A. H. Garland, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY— WEDNESDAY, Jdne 1, 1864. 

OPEN aBSSlON. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett. 

Mr. Holliday presented the petition of the county court of Shenan- 
doah County, V a., asking to be relieved from the tax on the currency ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Russell presented the memorial of clerks in the medical pur- 
veyor's depot, for the benefit of the act increasing the pay of clerks 
in Richmond; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means. 

Mr. Russell introduced 

A bill " to enable the citizens of Virginia and others *o supply the 
city of Richmond with food; " 

wluch was read the first and second times and referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments and 
Military Transportation. 

Mr. Montague presented the memorial of Dr. Bowen and others, 
acting assistant surgeons, asking an increa.se of pay; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Fuusten presented the memorial of William H. Amiss, asking 
pai^ment for fuel and forage used by the Confederate States Army; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. McMuIlin presented the petition of Thomas Shannon, asking 
to be relieved from the payment of money stolen by the enemy ; which 
was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Miller introduced 

A bill " to increase the compensation of the assistant clerks in the 
Senate and House of Representatives ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to l)e referred to 
a committee, 

Mr. Garland called the (|uestion: which was ordered, and the bill 
was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 



184 JOXTHNAL OF THE fJone I, IBM. 

The title was read and agreed to, 

Mr. Foster introduced 

A bill " to repeal an act to regulate the destruction of property 
under military necessity, and to provide for the indemnity thereof; ' 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Foster presented the memorial of W, Dickson, ai^ine indem- 
nity for losses incurred while acting as quartermaster; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Lyon introduced 

A bill " to provide for the settlement of claims against the Confed- 
erate States for property lost, captured, or destroyed while in the 
military service of the Confederate States, or which has been taken 
or impressed for their use; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Joint 
Committee on Impressments. 

Mr. Cruikshank presented the memorial of the officers of Gracie's 
brigade, asking the privilege of resigning and enlisting in any other 
command ; whicli was refen^ed to the Committee on MUitary Affairs. 

Mr. A. H. Garland introduced 

A bill "to authorize the Attorney-General to purchase books for 
the Department of Justice; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to increase the compensation of the heads of the sev- 
eral Executive Departments; " which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Bell presented the memorial of Messrs, Weatherford &, Thomas, 
asking compensation for tobacco lost in the custom-house at Nash- 
ville, Tenn, ; which was referre*to the Committee on Claims. ' 

Mr. Ilartridge submitted the following resolution: 

Itrsolvd. TliHt the Committee' on the .Tudiclary Inquire into tlie expediency 
of icicretislng lHe Bslaries ot tlie Judges of the district courts of the Confederate 
Stiites. and report by bill or otherwise ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Akin presented the memorial of the governors of Mississippi, 
Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, asking the privilege of ex- 
porting cotton, tobacco, etc., for the purpose of importing articles 
for the use of their States ; which was referred to the Committee on 
Commerce and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. W. E. Smith presented the memorial of Mrs. Amanda E. Parr- 
amore, asking that the property of her husband (who has deserted 
to the Yankees) be made over to her ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. E. M. Bruce, leave was granted him to with- 
draw from the files of the last Congress all papers referring to the 
claim of Capt. W. T. Estep for money alleged to have been stolen 
from him as quartermaster, and to refer them to the Committee on 
Claims of this Congress, together with the record of a court-martial 
convicting the thief of stealing the money. 

Mr. H.^V. Bruce submitted the following resolution : 

fiesofred. That bo much of the joint reaoiutlon adopted on the thirtieth day 
of May as requires the President of the Senate and the Spenlter of the House of 



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Jaoe 1. IStM.] HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVES. 



which, on motion of Mr. Sexton, was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Villere introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to prohibit the importation 
of hixuries or of articles not necessaries or of common use,' approved 
February sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Commerce. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " to render compensation to the city of Jackson, Mississippi, 
for public school building belonging thereto destroyed while in tne 
use of the military authorities; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. ' - " 

Mr. Bridgers presented the memorial <ff Thomas X. Hill, asking 
that new bonds be issued to him in place of bonds lost; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina presented joint resolution of the 
legislature of North Carolina in reference to the military organization 
known as " Mallett's Battalion,*' and a communication from Governor 
Vance on the same subject ; which were referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced 

A bill " providing for the admission of Mallett's Battalion into the 
military service of the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Fuller introduced 

A bill " to aid in the buildihg of a railroad from Fayetteville, 
North Carolina, to Florence, South Carolina; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Pepartments. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Conunittee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H. R. 52. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for 
holding elections of Representatives in the Congress of the Confeder- 
ate States in the State of Teiuiessee," approved May 1, 1863; 

S. 4. A bill to provide means of transit acros.s the Mississippi River 
for members of Congress residing west of said river in going to and 
returning from the Confederate States Congress; and 

S. 22. A bill to secure the j>rompt printing of the laws of the Con- 
federate States. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. J. M, Tjcach presented the memorial of W, S. Bennett, asking 
compensation for slaves lost on fortifications; which. was referred to 
the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. J. M. Leach submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, Tbnt the Committee on the Medical Depnrtment tte Instructed to 
Inquire Into the condition of pntlents at military bospltala In this city, with a 
view to nucertalnlng whether jiroper attention In Itelng exercised towai-d supply- 
ing them with nil thinxB necessary to tlielr comfort and early restoration to 
bealtli, and reitort tlieir proceedings therein to this House as earl; oh prac- 
ticable ; 

which was adopted. .nzcdbyGoOQlc 



186 JOUBNAL. OF THE [Jniw 1, 19M. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Reiolvei, That tbe Committee on Quartenn aster's and Commissai? Depart- 
menta be ioBtructed to Inquire whether proper arranKements have been made 
for enpplyiDg patients at military hospitals with all necessar; clothing, lacludlag 
shoes and bats or caps, and whether, In their Judgment, an; further legJslatioD 
on this subject Is necessary at thin time, and that said committee report tbeir 
proceedings bereln as soon as possible; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. McCallum introduced 

A bill "to amend an act to regulate the destruction of property 
under militarj' necessity, and to provide for the indemnity thereof; ' 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Also, a bill " to authorize the Auditor of the Treasury or a commis- 
sionerjo be appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to take proof 
and determine the amount^expended by the State of Tennessee in the 
support of her army, etc., previous to its transfer to the Government 
of the Confederate States; which was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Mr. Colyar presented the petition of R. P. Hunter, assistant quar- 
termaster, asking to be relieved from liability for an amount of money 
stolen from him belonging to the Government; which was referred 
to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That so much of the joint resolution adopted on the thirtieth May 
ns requlreH the Prealdont of the Senate and the Speaker of tbe Honse of 
Hepresentatlves to adjourn tbeir resi)ectlve Houses at twelve o'clock on Tues- 
day, June seventh, be, and the some Is hereby, rescinded: and the said two 
Houses sbatl take a recess on Tuesday next at twelve o'clock meridian for 
ninety days. 

Mr. Swan moved to amend the resolution by striking out " ninety 
days " and inserting in lieu thereof " fifteen days." 

Mr, Echols movea to lay the resolution on the table. 

Upon which Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; which were 
ordered. 

Pending which, 

The morning hour having expired, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have concurred in the amendments of this House 
to tbe bill <S. 22) to secure tbe prompt printing of tbe laws of tbe Confederate 
States. 

Tbey have passed, without amendment, a joint resolution (H. R. 9) respon- 
sive to tbe resolutions of tbe general assewbly of Virginia " asserting the 
Jurisdiction and sovereignty of tbe State of Virginia over ber ancient bound- 

Tbey have passed, with smcndnientg. a hill (H. R. 8) to authorize the Judge 
of tbe district cimrt for the northern district of Georgia to cbaqge tbe place 
of holding said court; In wblcb amendments I am directed to ask tbe cod- 

e of this House. 



The House resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to con- 
sider the special order, viz : 

The bill to amend the tax laws, 

Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the 
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the com- 
mittee had had the bill under consideration, and recommended its 
passage with sundry amendments. 



Jone 1, 1864.1 HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVE8. 137 

Mr. Colyar submitted the following amendment (in the nature of a 
substitute) : 

That the act entitled "An act to levy additional taxes tor the common defense 
and support of the GoTernment." approved February aeveuteenth, elghteeu liun- 
dred and sixty-four, be so amended tbat no tax shall be levied on tbe " shares " 
or "intereats" of any bank, banking company or association, canal, navigation, 
importing and exporting, insurance, manufacturing, telegrapb, express, railroad, 
or dry dock companies, or of any other Joint stock company of any kind, whether 
incorporated or not, except when it Is found Impraellcuble to ascertain the assets 
of anch corporation or Joint stock company, In which case a tax of five per cent 
Is hereby levied upon the value of the shares or Interests to be assessed against 
and paid by the corporation or Joint stock company. 

Tliat paragraph four, section five, of the same act be amended by adding 
tliereto as folIowH : " In case of disagreement between tbe owner and officer as to 
the reduction uf taxes under this section, tbe question shall be settled by ref- 
erees ax Is provided In other cases of disagreement under tbe eighth section of 
ttw act to amend an act entitled 'An act to levy taxes for the common defense 
and carry on the Government of the Confederate Stntea,' approved February 
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four." 

Tbat paragraph six, section four, of tbe act to amend an act entitled "Ad 
act to levy taxes for tbe common defenee and carry on the Government of the 
Confederate States," approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four, be, and the same Is hereby, amended so as to Include as wholesale 
dealers manufacturers and coal and other miners, and manufacturers of salt, 
wlM make It a business to sell their own products to other dealers to sell again. 
And ttiat section sixteen of the same act be, and is hereby, amended so as to 
read as follows: 

"1. The Income, property, and money (other than taxed Treasury notes) of 
bospltala, asylums, cburcbes, schools, and colleges, and other charitable instl- 
tutlonB, and all moneys, funds, and stocks held or subscribed for charitable or 
benevolent purposes only shall be exempt from taxation under the provisions 
of this or any other law. Tbe property of companies formed under the act 
entitled 'An act to establish a volunteer nary ' shall be exempt from taxation 
except on the income. 

" II. That paragraph six of section seven of tbe same act be, and the same Is 
iiereby, amended by adding thereto as follows: 'If any person shall [h11 to 
make due return as required by said section of the income or profits taxed 
under any law of Congress, or In case of disagreement with the assessor, to 
submit the same to referees as provided by law, or shall fall or refuse to pay 
the tax thereon within such time as shall be prescribed by public notice by the 
district collector under tbe direction of the commiesloner of taxes, such person 
shall be deemed and held to tie In default.' 

" That from the tax on the value of property employed in agriculture under 
tbe act approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and alxty<four, for 
the common defense and support of the Government, shall be deducted the 
value of tbe tax In kind, to be derived therefrom during the same year as 
assessed under the law Imposing It, and delivered to tbe Government ; and the 
collection of the tax on such property shall l>e suspended, after assessment, 
under the orders of the Secretary of the Treasury, until the value of tbe tithes 
to be deducted can be ascertained; and when so ascertained It shall l»e the 
duty of the post quartermaster to certify, and of the district collector to deduct. 
tbe amount of such tithes; and any Iwilance found due may be paid In bonds 
and certificates authorized by the act to reduce the currency and to authorize 
n new Issue of notes and bonds, in the manner as taxes payable during the year. 

"And he it further enacted, That the taxes of eighteen hundred and sixty-three 
and eighteen hundred and sixty-four that have not and can not be collected 
because of the occupation of any State or any part of a State shall, nevertheless, 
be hereafter assessed and collected as soon as tbe enemy shall leave the State 
or any part of the State In the same way and manner and to the same extent 
they would have been collected had not the presence of the enemy prevented It." 

Mr. Anderson submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Colyar (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Section 1. The Congress of the Confederate Statrn of America do mart. That 
tbe first, second, and third sections of the act to levy additional taxes for tbe 
I defeuae and support of tbe Government, approved February seven- 



188 JOURNAL OP THE [Jnoe 1. 1864. 

teentb, etKbteen bondred nud sixty-four, be amended and rcenact^d so jis to read 
ns follows : 

'■ Tbat Id nddltloD to tlie taxes levied by the aft to lay taxes for the i-oinmou 
defense aud to ciirry on the Government of the Confederate States, approved 
April twenty -fourth, eighteen hundred and elxly-ttiree, there shall be levied, 
from the seventeenth day of February. elRhteeu hundred and sixty-four, on tbe 
subjects of taxation hereinafter mentioned and collected from every person, co- 
partnership, associntloD. or cor]K>ration liable for taxes as follows, to wit : 

" I. Upon the value of all pro|)ert;. real, personal, and mixed, of every kind 
and description, not hereinafter exempted or taxed at a different rate, Ave per 
cent : Prorldfd. That froni the tax on the value of property employed In agri- 
culture shall be deducted tbe value of tbe tax In kind derived therefrom during 
the same year as asxe^^ed under the law impoelDK It, and delivered totbeOoverU' 
ment, wbetber delivered during the year or afterwards, including the bacon 
deliverable after and not )>rlor to the assessment of the tax on property em- 
ployed in agriculture, as aforesaid, and tbe collection of the tax on such property 
shall be suspended, after osaessment, under the order of the Secretary of the 
Treasury, until tbe value of the tithes to be deducted can be ascertained ; and 
when 80 ascertained It shall be ttie duty of tbe post quartermaster to certify, 
and of tbe district collector to deduct, tbe amount of such tithes; and any 
balance found due may be paid In bonds and certificates authorized by the act 
to reduce tbe nirrency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, in like 
manner as taxes payable durinf; the year. 

"II. On tbe value of gold and silver ware and plate, Jewels, Jewelry, and 
watches, ten [)er cent On tbe value of ail shares or interests lield in any bank, 
banking company or association, canal, navigation, importing and exporting, 
insurance, manufacturing, telegraph, express, railroad, dry-dock companies, and 
all other Joint stock companies of every kind, whether incorporated or not, five 
per cent : which tax shall be assessed against and paid by the company in each 
case. And when the shares or interests in any such com|iany are taxed, no 
other tax shall be Imposed under thlK act upon any proper^ of such company, 
represented by the valuation of such shares or Interests as directed In the second 
section of this act, except tbe tax imtxised by the first paragraph of the thini 
Dectlon of this act." 

Sec. 2. The value of property, shares, and interests tnxnl under the preceding 
section shall be assessed on the basis of the market value of the same or similar 
property In tbe neighborhood when awKcssed In the year eighteen hundred and 
sixty, except tliat where lands, slaves, shares, or Interests have been purcbaaed 
since tbe first day of January, eighteen hundred aud sixty-two. other than land 
purchased by refugees and held and occupied by them for their own use and 
residence, they shall be assessed at the price actually paid for tbem by the 
owner, or if fur any cause that can not be ascertained, then at the market value 
at the time of such purchase. Shares or Interests created since the year 
eighteen hundred and sixty shall bf assessed at their actual cost to the present 
bolder: Provided. Tbat no shares or Interests which are now worth par or over 
|)ar shall be assessed at less than par. 

Sbc. 3. Upon tbe amount of all gold and silver coin, gold dust gold and silver 
bullion, unless purcliased since the first day of January, eigbteeii hundred and 
sixty-two. and then upon the actual cost to the present holder, ten jjer cent ex- 
cept where the same Is already included In the tax'on shares or interests Imposed 
by the first section of this act, and In such case ten iicr cent less the amount of 
tax so Imposed. And upon the value of all moneys held abroad, or bills of ex- 
change drawn therefor, and promissory notes, rights, and credits payable In for- 
eign countries, five i)er cent, according to the value thereof at the place where tbe 
tax thereon Is payable at tbe time of assessment except where the same is In- 
cluded in the tax ad shares or Interests imposed by the first section of this act 
and then five per cent less the amount of tax so imposed, payable In Confederate 
Treasury notes or four per cent bonds or certificates authorized by the act of 
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, to reduce the currency 
and authorize a new issue of notes and bonds. Upon the amount of all solvent 
credits and of all hank bills and other paper issued as currency, exclusive of non- 
interest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes and bonds exempt by law ft^>m 
taxation, and not employed In a registered business the Income derived from 
which Is taxed five per cent, except Interest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes 
and bonds other than those excluded aa aforesaid, which are taxed three per 
cent on tbe amount thereof. 

Sec. 4. Tbat paragraph four of section five of the same act be amended by add- 
t[^ thereto as follows ; " In case of disagreement between the owner and tbe 



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officer as to tbe reduction of taxes under tbis section, the question nbatl be Met- 
tled by referees as Is provided in otber cases of disagreement under tbe eigbtb 
section of the act to amend an act entitled 'An act to levy tases for the com- 
mon defense auil carry on tbe Goveruuient of tlie Confederate States,' approved 
February Reventeentb, eighteen hundred and sixty-four." 

Sbc. B. That paragrapb siz, section four, of the act to amend an act entitled 
"An act to levy taxes for tbe common defense and carry on the Government of 
tbe Confederate Statea," approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
Blxty-four, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to include as wbolesale 
dealers manufacturers and coal and other miners, and salt manufacturers, who 
make it a business to sell their own products to otber dealers to sell again. 
And tbat section sixteen of tbe same act he, and is hereby, amended so as to 
read as follows : 

" I. Tbe income, property, and money (other than Confederate Treasury notea) 
of hospitals, asylums, churcbee, schools, colleges, and other charitable institu- 
tions shall be exempt from taiatlon under the provisions of this or any other 
law. Tbe property of companies formed under the act entitled 'An act to 
establleb a volunteer navy ' shall be exempt from taxation except on tbe Incoma 

"II. That paragraph six. section seven, of tbe same act be, and the same is 
bereby. amended by adding thereto as follows : ' If any person shall fail to make 
due return as required by said section of the Income or proflta taxed under any 
law of Congress, or In case of disagreement with tbe assessor, to submit tbe 
same to referees as provided by Inw, or shall fail or refuse to pay the tax 
thereon within such time as shall be prescribed by public notice by the district 
collector uoder the direction of the commissioner of taxes, such persons shall 
be deemed and held to be In default.' " 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have passed bills of tbe following titles, via : 

8. S5. A bill to authorize tbe formation of new commandn. to be composed of 
SDpemumerv7 officers who may resign to Join sucb commands, and to limit 
and restrict the appointment of officers In certain cases; and 

8. 63. A bill for tbe relief of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice. 

They have passed, with an amendment, a bill of this House (H. R. 125) to 
establlsb certain post routes' tberein oamed. 

In wblcb bills and amendment I am directed to ask the concurrence of this 

The ouestion being on the first amendment of the committee, which 
is as follows, viz : 

After tbe word " year," in line 10, Insert the words " whether delivered during 
tbe year or afterwarda." 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The second amendment of the committee was read as follows, viz : 

Add to twenty-third line the words "and any balance found due may be paid 

In bonds and certificates authorized by tbe act to reduce the currency and to 

authorize a new Issue of notes and bonds, In like manner as taxes payable 

during the year," 

and agreed to. 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ; 

And having reassembled, 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 56) " to authorize 
the formation of new commands, to be composed of supernumerary 
officers who may resign to join such commands, and to limit and 
restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases; " which was read 
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 63) "for the relief of Mrs. Margaret A. 
Bice;" whidi was read a first and second time. 



140 JOtJBNAL OF THE t'nM 1, 18S4. 

Mr. Farrow moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill 
to be referred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

The question bein^ on the third amendment of the Committee of 
the Whole to the " bill to amend the tax laws," which is as follows, 
viz: 

Strike out the second pnragrapb Id eeotlon 1. wblch r^ads as follows, viz: 

" Od tbe value of gold aod silver ware nnd plate, Jewels, jewelrf, and watiAes, 
ten per cent Ou tlie value uf all sUares or interefite beld Id any bank, banking 
company or association, canal, navigatlun, liuiKtrting aud exporting. Insurance, 
manufacturing, telegrapb, express, railroad, atid dry -dock conipaulee. and all otiier 
Joint stock companies of every kind, wbetUer Incorporated or not. five per cent; 
i\'lilcb tax Bhull be assessed against aud i>ald by tbe company In each case. And 
where the shares In any sucb couipnny are taxecV no otber tax shall be Imposed 
under this act upon any property Of such company, represented by such shares," 
and Insert in lieu thereof tbe following: 

" Od tbe value of gold aud silver ware and plate, Jewels, jewelry, and watches, 
ten per cent On the value of oil property, real, personal, or mixed, except gold 
and silver bullion, gold or silver coin, and gold dust, owned or held by any bank, 
banking company or association, canal, navigation. Importing and exporting, 
insurance, manufacturing, telegraph, express, railroad, and dry-dock companies, 
and all other Joint stock companies of every kind, whether Incorporated or not, 
five per cent; which tax shall.be assessed against and be paid t^ the company 
in each case," 

Mr. Pugh demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

And are recorded as follows, viz: J- v^^„ 04 

Yeas: Atkins, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers^ Chilton, Clopton 
Colyar, Cruikshank, Echols, Foster, Gholson, Heiskell, Holder, Kee- 
ble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, McCallum, 
McMullin, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, Rogers, Simpson, Singleton, 
Triplett, Turner, Villere, \\ itherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays : Akin, Anderaon, Barksdale, Bajdor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, 
Branch, Conrad, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H, 
Garland, R. K. Garland, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, 
Johnston, Kenner, Lyon, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Russell, Sexton, 
Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and 
Whitfield. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The fourth amendment of the committee was read and agreed to, 
and is as follows, viz : 

Insert after the word "purchase," In line 9, section 2, the following; "bnt 
land purchased since the first day of January, in the year eighteen hundred and 
sixty-two, by refugees, and held and occupied by them for their own use and 
residence, shall be valued for taxation In like manner as If the same bad been 
owned by such refugees before that date." 

Mr. Akin submitted the following amendment to the bill ; 

Insert at the end of the amendment just adopted the following: "Provided 
further. That when any iierson who has purchased land or real estate of any 
bind, or any slave or slaves, since the said first day of January, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-two, will make aBldavIt before the proper and legally authorised 
assessor of taxes that be purchased nnid land or real I'state and slaves for his 
own use, and not to sell afrain, nor for tbe purpose of merely making an Invest- 
ment, and that he is residing on or cultivating said land or real estate, and that 
he has said slave or slnvcs In his possession : then, and in that case, said land 
or real estate and slaves shall be assessed ou the basis of tbe market value of 



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tbe wiine or similar property Id tbe neighbor liood wbere assessed in tbc year 
elgUeen buDdred and sixty." 

Mr. Akin demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
Which were ordered, 

iYeas 28 

T^ ~ ~ ~ 47 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradley, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce. Chambers, Cloptoii, Colyar, Dupre, Hilton, 
Holder, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, 3. T. Leach, Lester, McCallum, 
Miles, Montague, Moore, Shewmake, Simpson, W. E. Smith, Whit- 
field, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Branch, 
Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshank. Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, A, H, Garland, R, K. Garland, 
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridpe, Heiskell, Hodge. Holliday, John- 
ston, Kenner, Logan, Lyon. McMuUin, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Per- 
kins, Push, Ramsayj Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith, 
Smith ofNorth Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Villerl, and Witherspoon. 
So the amendment was lost. 

Mr. Colyar submitted the following amendment: 
Insert after tbe niueiidmeiit of the committee Just adopted tbe following : 
" That paragraph eleven, section tliree, of tbe art entitled 'An act to levy nddl- 
tlon.ll taxes for tbe coninioD defenue and Bup|K>rt of the Qovernneiit,' be so 
amended an to apply the prini-lple heivhi applied to corporations to all solvent 
credits. Incladlng Confederate iKindK, n-bk-h are now by law tasable, bills of e'^- 
change, promissory notes, and all otiier evidences of debt, and of all bank billa 
and other paper Issued as currency, Inclndln;; Interest-bearing Treasury notes 
and exclading non[nterest-t)earlng Treasury notes. And they sball be asseaf«d 
hy deducting from their actuiil value in Confederate Treasury notes In the 
neighborhood where assessed tbe dlfferenc'O between the average value of shares 
in cnrporatlons in tbe same uelgliborbood on tbe scventi?enth February, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four, and of the same shares In eighteen hundred and sixty." 

The amendment was lo^t. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Xash, their Secre- 
tarj' ; whicn is as follows, viz : 

J/r. Siieaker: I am dlre<.-te«l tii inform this lIuuKe that the Senate have con- 
curred In amendments of this llonne to a bill (S. IKi) to regulate the compensa- 
tloti and mileage of members of Congress for ilic present session. 

Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
of Mr. Colyar was lost, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | jr^te 51 

Yeas: Atkins, Baylor, Bradley, Colyar, Dupre, Ewing, Fuller, 
Funsten, Hilton, Keeble, Lamkin, Lester, McCallum, McMulIin, 
Menees, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Rogers, W. E. Smith, Triplett, Tur- 
ner, and Whitfield, 

Nays: Akin. Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, Bland- 
ford, Branch, Brid^rs, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W.^ruce, Chambers, 
Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, 
Farrow, Foster, Gaither, R. K, Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, 
Hartridge, Heiskell, Hollidav, Johnston, Kenner, J. M, Leach, J. T. 
Jjetich, Logan, Lyon, Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Pnfjh, Ram- 
say, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M- Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Villerl, and Witherspoon. 



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So the motion was lost. 

The fifth amendment of the committee was agreed to, and is as 
follows, viz : 



The sixth nmendment was agreed to, and is as follows, viz : 



The seventh amendment of the committee was read as follows, viz; 

Strike out paragrapb 2, section 3 ; wblcta reads as follows : 

" Upon tbe amount of all solvent credits and of all bank bills and all other 
paper Issued as curreucy, exclusive ot non Interest-bear lug Treasury notes, and 
not employed In a registered business the Income derived from wbicli is taxed 
Bve per cent," 
nnd Insert in lieu thereof the following, viz : 

"II. Upon tbe amount uf all solvent credits and of all bank bills aud all 
other paper Issued an currency, exclusive uf non Interest- bearing Co1)federate 
notes and Confederate bonds, and not employed Id a registered business tbe 
Income derived from which Is taxed Ave per cent upon the par value thereof: 
Provided, That the Income derived from Confederate bonds aball be taxed as 
other Incomes." 

Mr. Logan submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of the committee : 

Insert after the word "'currency" tbe words "after deducting the actnal 
Indebtedness of ench taxpayer." 

The question being on the amendment to the amendment, 
Mr. J. T. Iveach demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

(Yeas 30 

) Nays 48 

Yeas: Atkins^ Bell, Bradley, Eli M, Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Col- 
yar, Criiikshank, Elliott, Foster, Gaither, Hilton, HoUidav, J. M. 
Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, &fontague, 
Moore, Srurrav, I'erkins, Ramsay, Kogers, Sexton, W. E, Smith 
Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Turner, and "Whitfield. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bland 
ford. Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Con- 
rad, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A, H. Gar- 
land, R. K, Garland, Gholson. Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hei^ell^ 
Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, Lester, Lyon, Miles, 
Miller, Morgan, Orr, Puch, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton. 
J. M. Smith, Triplet!, Villere, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

So the amendment to the amendment was lost. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

The eighth amendment of the committee was agreed to, and ib as 
follows, viz : 

e 6, section 5, tbe words " and manu- 

The ninth amendment was read as follows, viz : 



And recorded as follows, v 



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The tenth amendment was read as follows, viz : 



>, tbe words " and other 



Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment by striking out the word 
" other; " which was agreed to, and the amendment as amended was 
agreed to. 

The eleventh amendment was agreed to, and is as follows: 



The twelfth amendment waw agreed to, and is as follows, viz : 

In section 0, paragraph 1, Hue 11, add the wordu "the property of compaoiee 

formed under the at-t entitled "Au act to establish a voluoteer navy' shnll be 

exempt from taxation except on the income.'' 

The thirteenth amendment was read as follows, viz: 
In line 11, section 5, after the word "law," insert tbe following: "And no 
bix shall be AeaeaaeA or I'olleeted on the value or Income of the butter, egge, 
poultry, dried fruit, or wool of uuy Holdler actually engaged in the military 
or Diiviil service of the Confederate States, or of any soldier who may have 
died, t»eeD killed, or disabled Id such service, or the widow of such soldier." 

Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the 
words " dried fruit " the word " feathers." 

The amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. J. T. Leach moved to amend the amendment by striking out the 
word *' wool; " which was agreed to. 

Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the 
word " feathers " the word " beeswax ; " which was agreed to. 

The amendment of the committee, as amended, was lost. 

Mr. ^VhitfieId submitted the following amendment to the bill: 

Add the following as an lnde|)eudent section ; 

"Be it further enacted. That this act shall not be so construed as to subject to 
taxation com, bacon, or other iigricultural products which were produced In tbe 
year eighteen hundred and sixty-three and lu the possession of the producer on 
the seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and necessary for 
their support, and from or on which taxes Id kind or otherwise bad been taken, 
delivered, or paid, the Intent of this act being not to make liable to taxation 
under any of its provisions the remaining portions of the said crops or agrl- 
cnltaral productions left after tbe tax in kind or otherwise bad been taken 
therefrom or paid thereon, and necessary for their support" 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S. 33. An act to regulate the compensation and mileage of members 
of Congress and increase the compensation of the officers of the Seiiate 
and House of Representatives. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 
r Mr. Garland demanded the previous question. 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Echols, 

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TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY— THURSDAY, Jdne 2, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett. 

The Chair laid before the House a bill (H. R. 125) "to establish 
certain post routes therein named ; " which had been returned from 
the Senate with the following amendment : 

After tlie word " Georglo." Iloe 31, insert "Aleo, fi-oui UeidsviUe, in Bock- 
lugbam CouDty, North Carolina, via Wentn'ortb and Leaksville, in said countj', 
to RJdgeway, Id Heury County, Virginia." 

Mr. Sexton moved that the rule requiring amendments of the 
Senate to be referred to a committee be suspended for the remainder 
of the session. 

The motion prevailed, and the amendment of the Senate was con- 
curred in. 

The Chair also laid before the House 

A bill (H. R. 8) "to authorize the judge of the district court for 
the northern district of Georgia to change the place of holding said 
court; " 

which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ments : 

1. Strilie out the preamble ; wblch reads as fotlowB, viz : 

" Whereas the oourt-bouse and otUer public buildings In tbe town of Marietta, 
tbe plac-e Don- Qied by law for holding tbe district court of tbe Confederate 
States for the Dortbern district of Georgia, are now used as hospituls and for 
other military purposes." 

2. Strike out all after the enacting clause, which reads as follows, viz : 
"That the Judge of the said district court for tbe northern district of 

Georgia be, and he Is hereby, authorized to hold said court at sucb other place 
In the district us near as practicable to the said town of Marietta as he shall 
deem desirable and proper. 

"Sec. 2. This act shall continue in force only durluK the existence of tbe 
present war," 
and Insert In lieu thereof tbe following, viz : 

■■ That tbe Judges of the district courts of the Confederate States bitve power 
and authority to appoint and change tbe times and places of holding the courts 
In tbeir respective districts whenever, In their Judgment, tbe public exigencies 
may require, and tbey shall have power, in term time or chambers, to pass ali 
necessary orders to effect sucb appointment or cbange of time or place, and 
to provide for the removal of the records and files of the court." 

Amend the title by striking out all after the word "authorize " and Inserting 
tbe words "'the Judges of the district courts of the Confederate States t" 
appoint and cbange the times and places of holding the courts Ui their respec- 
tive districts." 

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in. 

Mr, Montague, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the 
following resolution : 

Resolved. That the Committee on tbe Medical Department Inquire Into tbe 
expediency of Increasing the allowance now allowed to tbe patients in hospitals, 
and report at once by bill or otherwise; 

which was adopted, 

Mr. Garland, under a suspension of. the rules, submitted the fol- 
lowing resolution: 



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Re*olved, Tliat tbe Clerk ot tUIs House be autborized to employ such nsslst- 
fluta as may be necessary for the balnnee of tbe session, wbose compensation 
aball be Qxed by the Committee on Accounts ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Clopton, from the Committee on the Medical Department, to 
whom had been referred 

A bill " to repeal an act entitled 'An act regulating the granting of 
furloughs and discharges in hospitals,' approved May first, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-three, and for other purposes," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Clopton, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act regulatitig the granting of 
furloughs and discharges in hospitals,' approved filay first, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-three; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr, Ramsay moved to amend the bill by inserting before the word 
" wounded " tne words " sick and." 

Pending which, 

Tlie morning hour having expired, 

Mr. Ramsay moved that the consideration of the special order be 
postponed. 

Mr. J. T. Leach demanded the yeas and nays; which were not 
ordered, and the motion was lost 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order, 
viz: 

The bill to amend the tax laws. 

The question being on ordering the main question, 

Mr. McMuUin demanded the yeas and nays ; which were not ordered. 

The main question was ordered. 

The following amendment of the Committee of the Whole, left out 
through mistake yesterday, was agreed to: 

Amend paragraph 2, nectlon 1. by nddlng after the word "ebares." Id line 33, 
the words " except the ta;t Imposed by the third section of this art." 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Whitfield, 
Mr. Whitfield demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j J*yg"" JJ 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, 
Branch, Brid^rs, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, 
Colvar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ediols, 
Ellfott, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly. Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, 
Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan. McMuUin, 
Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Murray. Orr. Perkins, Pugh, Rnm- 
Fay, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M, SmitTi. W. E. 
Smith, Smith of North Carolina. Staples, Triplett, Turner, Villere, 
Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright, 

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146 JOURNAL OP THE [June 2, 1804, 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Bojce, Eli M. Bruce, Chrisman, Ewing, 
Foote, Ghoison, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Marshall, McCallum, Me- 
nees, and Shewmake. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Conrad moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

The motion was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Anderson to the 
amendment of Mr, Colyar, 

Mr. Perkins demanded the yeas and nays. 

Mr. McMullin moved that he be excused from voting. 

The motion prevailed. 

The yeas and nays were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■! tij_„„ " *"* oo 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Bland- 
ford, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De 
Jamette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Ken- 
ner, J. M. Leach, J. T, Leach, Lester, Logan, Lvon, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Moore, Pugh, Ramsay, Bead, Rivos, Sexton, Shewmake, 
Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Sta- 
ples, Triplett, and Whitfield. 

Nays : Atkins, Ayer, Boyce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Clopton, Col- 
var, Dupr^, Ewing, Foote, Foster, Funsten, R. K. Garland, Ghoison, 
Keeble, Marshall, McCallum, Menees, Morgan, Murrav, Orr, Perliins, 
Rogers, Singleton, Swan, Villere, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to; which, by unanimous consent, 
had been modified as follows, by striking out the following words : 

Upon tbe amount of nil solvent credits and of till bnnk bllla nud other pnp«r 
Issued ae currency, exclusive of non Interest-bear log Confederate Treasury notes 
and IwTidB exemj)! by liiw frniu taxation, and not enii)1o.v«l li> a registered busi- 
ness tbe Income from wblcb Is taxed Bve per cent, except interest-bearing 
Trensury notes and lionds otber tban tbose excluded as aforesaid, wblcb ore 
taxed tbrce per cent upon tbe amount thereof, 
and inserting in lieu thereof the following, to wit: 

U|M>n the amount of all solvent credits and bank bills nnd all otber paper 
Issued Jis currency, exclusive of non Interest-bearing [sic], and not employed In a 
registered business the Inoome derived from which Is taxed five per cent upon 
tbe par value thereof: I'rovided. That the income derived from Confederate 
bonds and Interest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes shall be taxed aa otber 
Income ; 

and by adding as an additional section the following, to wit : 

That this act shall not be so construed as to subject to taxation corn, bacon, 
and other agricultural products which were produced In the year elKbleen 
hundred and sixty-three and In tbe possession of the producer on tbe seven- 
teentli Fet>ruary. eigliteen hundred and sixty-four, and necessary for tbe sup- 
port of bitnself and family during the present year, and from and on which 
taxes In kind had been deducted and delivered or paid: 

and 

That section four, paraicrapbs one and two, of the act approved February eer- 
enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled "An act to levy nddltlonnl 
taxes for the common defense and support of the Oovemnient," he so amended 
as to levy an additional tax of fifty iwr cent ui>on the aniount,of all profits 
made by selling tbe articles mentioned In the said paragraphs between tbe 
seventeenth day of February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and the first 
day of July next, wblcli additional tax shall be collected under said act 



JOM 2. 18«4.1 HOUSE OF BEFBE8BNTATXTES. 147 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Colyar, as 
amended, 

Mr. Atkins demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered, 
and the amendment as amended was agreed to. 

The bill was then engrossed and read a third time, and the question 
recurring on its passage, 

Mr, Montague demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j jj^^ 11 II~""~"I~" 39 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Bland- 
ford, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, 
Chrisman, Clopton, Conrad, De Jamette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, 
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode. Hartridce, Hilton, 
Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. I^each, Lyon, Miles, Pugh, 
Read, Rives, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E, Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina. Staples, Tnplett, Turner, and Wliitfield. 

Nays: Atkins, Ayer, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Colyar, Cruik- 
shank, Dupre, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, A, H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gholson, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Hollidav, Keeble, Lamkin, 
Lester, Logan, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, ifenees, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Russell, Sin- 
gleton, Swan, Villerfi, Witherspoon, and Wright, 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called 
the question ; which was ordered, and the motion was lost. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Ur. Speaker: The Senate have concurred In tlie ameudmeDte of this House 
to the bill <S. 15) to furnish transportatloD to officers of the Army and Navy 
while traveling under orders. 

They have paaeed bills of tbe following titles, viz : 

S. 51. An act to provide Buppllea for the Army and to prescribe the mode of 
making ImpreaHmenta : and 

8.58. An act to authorize the appointment of quartermasters and assistant 
qnartermasters and commlssiiries and assistant commissaries in the Provisional 
Army In certain cases ; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this Hooae. 



On motion of Mr. Rives, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in open 



A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Jfr. Speaker: The Senote have passed bills of the following titles, viz : 

S. 6&. An act to authorize the owners of the registered eight per cent ten- 
year convertible bonds Issued under the provisions of the act approved May Ifl, 
1801, to exchange the same for tuupon bonds : and 

S. 61. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to organize military courts 
to attend the Army of the Confederate States In tbe field, and to define the 
powers of said courts." 

They have passed n reeotutlon appointing a joint committee to collect authen- 
tic Information concerning tlie treiiliiient by tbe Federiil authorities of such 
slaves as have fallen into the hands of the enemy during the present war. 

In which bills and resolutions I am directed to ask the concurrence of this 

H0U9& 



148 JOUBNAL OF THE [JnM S, 18M. 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved that the House do now adjourn. 
Upon which Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays; which were 
ordered. 

Pending which, 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ; 

And having reassembled, 

The yeas and nays were recorded as follows, viz: | v^^ 44. 

Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Baldwin, Bell, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, De 
Jamettfi, Echols, Funsten, Gholson, Goode, Hilton, Hodge, Lamkin, 
Lester, Miles, Miller, Montague, Orr, Perkins, Simpson, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, and Triplett. 

Nays : Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Branch, Eli M. 
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Gar- 
land, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, J. M. Leach, 
J. T, Leach, Lyon, Marshall, McMullin, Menees, Morgan, Murray, 
Bamsay, Rives, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smitli, 
Swan, Viller^, and Wright. 

So the motion to adjourn was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

RicauonD, Va., June 1, ISCi. 
To the House of Hepresentatives: 

In response to your resolution of tbe 5tti ultimo, I herewith transmit for 
your Information a communication from tbe Secretary of Wnr relative to tbe 
organization end disbanding of tbe Palmetto Battalion of LiRbt Artillery. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The conmiuni cation and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair laid before tne House another communication from the 
President; which was read as follows: 

Richmond, Va., Juae 1. 186i. 
To the Bouse of Representatives: 

In response to your resolution of the 25tb ultimo. I herewith transmit tor 
your Information a communlctitlon from the Secretary of War relative to the 
tobacco ration authorized to be furnished to tbe Army. 

JEFFRRSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Afifairs. 

The Chair laid before the House another communication from the 
President; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond. Va., Juae I, 186^. 
To the House of Representatives: 

In reflpooee to your reiwilution of the 3d ultimo, I herewith transmit for 
your Information a communication from the Secretary of War, statltu; that 
" no inetructiona hare been Issued to impressing ofRcers and ageDts In additl«m 
to or different from those contained In General Orders, No, 30, bearing date 
March 7, 1864." 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying document were referred to 
the Joint Committee on Impressments. 



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June 2. 18«.l HOUSE OF KEPRESENTATIVES. 149 

The Chair laid before the House anotner communication from the 
President; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., June 1, ISSi. 
To the Senate ami Boute of Representatives: 

I berewltb transmit for your iDformafion a comniunt cation from the Secre- 
tary of War, covering copies of additional reports of mlUtarj- operations in the 
rear 1862. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 59) " to authorize 
the owners of the registered eight per cent ten-year convertible bonds 
issued under the provisions of the act approved May sixteenth, eight- 
een hundred and sixty-one, to exchange tne same for coupon bon£ ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 58) " to authorize the appointment of quar- 
lennasters and assistant quartermasters and commissaries and assist- 
ant ctHnmissaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases; " which 
was read a first and second time and re^rred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 61) "to amend an act entitled 'An act to 
organize military courts to attend the Armv of the Confederate States 
in the field, and to define the powers of said courts; ' " which was read 
a first and second time and referred to the Conmiittee on the 
Judiciary. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 51) " to provide supplies for the Army and 
to prescribe the mode of making impressments." 

Mr. Chambers moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
refeired to a committee. 

Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; which were 
not ordered, and the motion was lost. 

The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Impres.sments. 

Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider the vote bv which the bill was 
referred tft a committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Chilton moved to suspend the ride requiring the bill to be 
referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Lester, the bill was made the special order after 
tbepending special orders, and ordered to be printed. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to 
consider the special order, viz : 

The bill to amend an act approved l7th February, 1864, entitled 
"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to lay ta.tes for the common 
defense and carry on the Government of the Confederate States,' 
approved twenty-fourth April, eighteen hundred and sixty-three,'" 

Mr, Smith of North Carolina in the chair; and having spent some 
time therein, the committee rose and reported, through their Chair- 
man, l^t they had had the subject referred to them mder considera- 
tion and recommeDded the passage of the bill with the following 
amendment : 

Add the following as an Independent section i 

** Bbc. 4. Tbe law imposing a tax upon ttie assessed valne of property shnll 
not be so construed as to Impose a tax upon tbe products of gardens Intended 



JOUKNAL OP THE (Jane E, 186*. 

nor upon fruit raised for domestic 

Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question; whidi was ordered. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

Mr. Baldwin moved to amend the title by striiiing out the whole 
thereof and inserting the following, viz: 

A 1)111 to nineiid the lawH relatlog to the tux In kind. 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was 
agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. speaker: The Senate disagree to ttie amendment of tbe House of Repre- 
sentatives to tbe bill (S. 31) to promote tbe eflloleney of the cnvairr of tlie 
Provlifluunl Armr. und to punish lawlessness and Irregularities of any [lortlona 
thereof, ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses thereon, 
and have appointed Mr. Sparrow, Mr. Haynes, and Mr. JotiQSon of Missouri 
managers at said conference on their part 

On motion of Mr. Bridgers, 

The House adjourned imtil 11 o'clock to-morrow. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Foote, by unanimous consent, modified his amendment to the 
resolution of Mr. Rives, proposing a joint committee to prepare a 
manifesto, so as to read as follows, viz : 

Joint refloliitloDB on tbe auhject of i>eace. 

Whereas at various times and In various forms It has heretofore been made 
known to those now admln1sterln)C the Government of the United States that 
whilst prepared for war and all Ita vicissitudes, and inflexibly resolved never 
to discontinue our struggle for separate Independent until this great and 
i-acred object shall have been fully achieved, yet that we prefer, and have ever 
preferred, pence to war; and 

Whereas the most dishonest and unmanly efforts have been constantly made 
by the unprincipled ujjurpers now wielding |)ower In Washington Cnj to Impress 
the popular mind of the North, and that of the civilised world In uKueral, with 
the opinion that the people and Coveniment of the Confederate States are 
alone responsible lioth for tbe origin and continued prosecution of tbe present 
unchristian, unnatural, and sanguinary contest : .ind 

Whereas the Government of the (^^snfederate States could not heretofore 
at any time within the last two years liave attempted to Initiate negotintlona 
for peace witlmut Its action In this respect being subject to serious misconstruc- 
tion; and 

Whereas it has pleased Divine Providence since the beginning of the present 
year to vouchsafe to our noble armies such a succession of victories as have 
never heretofore marlied the history of any struggle <rf anus similar to that 
which Is now In progre»«. demonstrating in the most unmistakable manner the 
ntter Iniixissibiilty of our ultimate subjugation : end 

Whereas It Is now becoming manifest that large numbers of the people of 
tbe North are beginning to understand and to feel the gross Injustice and 
Impolicy of further prosecuting hostilities against us, and the danger which so 
evidently threatens themselves of becoming the suiijects of a heartless military 
despotism, should the war on their part be much longer continued : Therefore, 

Resotwd. That It is now the deliberate Judgment of the Congress of the Con- 
federate States that whenever the two Rrmles of the enemy at this moment 
confronting the Confederate armies under the command of Generals Lee and 
Johnston shall have been subjected to signal defeat, it will he eminently wise 
and expedient on the part of our Qovemment to dispatch commlasloiierB to 



Jnna S, 1864.1 HOUSE OF EEPKE8ENTATIVES. 151 

WaBbiDKton City tor the purpoBe of opening negotiations fof peace upon tlie 
baalB of Southern iDdependeuce. the reception of whom by ttie GoTemment of 
the United States and the setting on foot of a temporary armistice It Is confl- 
d£Dtl7 believed would eventuate In the restoration of peaceful and amicable 
relations between those now waging war upon each other, whilst the refusal 
on the part of the Government at Wasbln^on City to entertain the proposition 
thoB made for the opening of negotiations for peace would Infallibly have the 
effect of still more clearly putting our adversarieB In the wrong, secure to us 
our oblects and motives, the universal respect and sympathy of the civilized 
world, and inspire our own people everywhere with renewed and greatly 
tntensiQed energy and detenu 1 nation. 

Mr. Barksdale rose to a point of order, viz : 

That the gentleman from LouisianK, Mr. Perkins, having yielded 
the floor to the gentleman from Virginia, Mr. Rives, for the purpose 
of enabling that gentleman to read a manifesto and address the 
House, did not deprive the gentleman from Louisiana of the floor 
upon the conclusion of the remarks of the gentleman from Virginia. 

Mr. Chilton {in the chair) overruled the point of order. 

Mr. Barksdale appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, 

Shall the decision or the Chair stand as the judgment of the House? 

It was decided in the negative. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

ifr. Speaker: The Prealiietit of the Confederate States has notified tlie Senate 
that he did. on the 31st ultimo, approve and sign an act (S. 57) to provide for 
the appointment of officers with temporary rank and command, 

Mr, Baldwin moved the indefinite postponement of the resolution 
and amendment. 

Pending which, 
, The House, on motion of Mr. Lester, 

Resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-NINTH DAY— FRIDAY, June 3, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett. 

Mr. Miles moved that the House insist on its amendment to the 
Senate bill (S. 31) " to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the 
Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of 
any portions thereof," and grant the conference tendered by the 
Senate. 

The motion prevailed, and 

The Chair appoint«d Messrs. Marshall of Kentucky, Staples of 
Virginia, and Singleton of Mis.sissippi managers on the part of the 
House. 

Mr. Cmikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S. 24. An act to authorize the appointment of additional officers 
j>f artillery for ordnance duties; 

S. 15, An act to furnish transportation to officers of the Army 
and Navy while traveling under orders ; 

S. 2S. An act to provide for the appointment of additional mili- 



15S d^OUBNAL OP THE t Jane S, 1844. 

tary storekeepers in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States; 
and 

H. R. 9. Joint resolution responsive to the resolutions of the gen- 
eral assembly of Virginia " asserting the jurisdiction and sovereignty 
of the State of Virginia over her ancient boundaries." 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the unfinished 
business of yesterday, viz : 

The bill to amend an act entitled "An act regulating the granting 
■ot furloughs and discharges in hospitals," approved May 1, 1863. 

Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Ramsay, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Hartridge, from the Committee on Commerce, under a sus- 
pension of the rules, reported a bill " to amend an act entitled 'An 
act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confed- 
erate States to provide for the public defense,' approved February 
sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four," with the recommendation 
that it do pa»s. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment : 

iDBert after tbe word "cbtirtered" tbe words " In wbole or In part and ouder 
tbe control of." Strike out tbe word " by." 

Mr. Moore demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Smith, 
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

j Teas_. 



And recorded as follows, \ 



I Nays 61 



Yeas: Baldwin, Baylor, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Colyar, Foote, Ful- 
ler, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, 
Orr, Ramsay, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Whit- 
field. 

Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, 
Boyce,Bradley,Branch,HoratioW. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, 
Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Elliott, Ewmg, Far- 
row, Foster, Funsten, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hart- 
ridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lamkin, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Moore, Murray, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, 
Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, 
Viller4, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Hartridce moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
passed, and called the question ; which was ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Hartridge, from the same committee, reported back a Senate 
bill (S. 37) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to impose regulations 



Jdm 4. lSft*.J HOUSE Of ftEPBESENTATIVES. 168 

upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for 
the public defense,' approved February sixUi, eighteen hundred and 
&ixtj-four, and for other purposes," with the recommendation that 
the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that 
it do lie upon the table ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Baldwin, from the Conmiittee on Ways and Means, under a 
suspension of the rules, reported 

A bill " to raise money to increase the pay of soldiers; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Garland moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be con- 
sidered in Committee of the vVhole. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The bill was engrossed and read a third time, and the question 
recurring on its passage. 

Mr. Colyar demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j ^^| ^^ 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksd&le, Baylor, Bell, 
Boyce, Bradley, Branchj Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, 
De Jamett«, Dickinson, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, 
Fuller, Fiinsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, 
Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Helskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, 
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J, M. Leach, J. T. Ijeach, Logan, 
Lyon, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, 
Murray, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, 
Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Caro- 
lina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Villere, Whitfield, Wither- 
spoon, and Wrirfit. 

Nays: Akin, Blandford, Echols, and Shewmake, 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

The motion was lost, and the title was read and agreed to. 

The morning hour having expired, 

Mr., Foote moved to postpone the special order. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Blandford moved to postpone the pending sjjecial order, to take 
up for consideration the next special order, viz : 

The bill making appropriations for the support of the Government 
of the Confederate States of America from July 1 to December 31, 
1864, and to supply a deficiency. 

The motion prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr, Speaker: The Senate bave dlaagreed to the ameadmeDta of tbla House 
to the biU (S. 34) to provide tor the compenHatloo of noncommissioned offlwrB, 
Boldlera, Biillors, and marines on detailed aervlee. 

They have paeaed, wttbout amendment, a joint resolution of this House (H. R, 
10) or tbankB to the Ninth Regiment of Texas Infantry. 



lO* JOUKNAL OF THE tJune 3, 19«4. 

They have passed a bill (S. 62) to ameud an art entitled "An act to create 
a proTlslonal navy of the Confederate Suites," anproved May 1. 18B3. 
In wbleh I am directed to ask the concurrence of thle Houfie. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the ^Vhole to 
consider the special order, viz : 

The bill mating appropriations for the support of the Government 
of the Confederate States of America from July 1 to December 31, 
1864, and to supply a deficiency, 

Mr. Russell m the chair; and having spent some time therein, the 
committee rose and reported, through Sieir Chairman, that they had 
had the subject referred to them under consideration, and recom- 
mended the passage of the bill with the following amendments: 

Insert after the word " dollarn," in line 3, under the bead of " Comuisearr 
Department," the following: "so iiiucb of the appropriation for the Quarter- 
master'n and ComnilsMry De|>artnieiits as may be necessary way be trans- 
terred from one to the other, by order of the Secretary of War, for the purpose 
of payInK for supplies Impressed or purchased, according to the exigencies of the 
service." 

Add the following at the end of the hill as an Independent section : 

" Sec. 2. That no appropriation made under this act shall be drawn from the 
Treasury until nil unexpended balances standing to the credit of the Depart, 
ment for which the appropriation herein made shall have been exhausted." 

Mr. Baldwin demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The amendments of the committee were agreed to. 

The bill was engras-sed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Ur. Speaker: The Senate bave passed a bill (S. 66) to amend the art entitled 
"An act to provide for the public defense." approved March 6, 1801; in which 
I am dirertcd to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Sexton moved to postpone the pending special order, for the 
purpose of taking up for consideration the next special order, viz: 

The bill making appropriations for the postal service of the Con- 
federate States for the year 1862 and 1863. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Chilton moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be con- 
sidered in Committee of the Whole; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment to the bill ^in the 
natui^ of a substitute) : 

It appearing from the report of the Postmaster-Qeneral, dated May second, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, that two hundred and seventy-six thousand 
three hundred and flfty-flve dollars and twenty-three cents of tiie revenues of the 
Post-Offlce DeiJartnient, derived from postages for the year ending June thirtieth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-two, have been received aud paid out by the Depart- 
ment without any appropriation thereof made by law, and that two million 
seven hundred aixl thirty-seven thousand three hundred and two dollars and 
thirty cents of the revenues of said Department, derived from postages for the 
year eighteen hundred and sixty-three, have also been received and paid out 
by the said Department without any appropriation thereof made by law, and 
that for the want of such appropriations the accounts of the Department caa not 
be closed, and the Congress being of opinion that the said expenditures wfere In 
violation of Article 1. section nine, paragraph eight, of the Constitution of the 
Confederate States, which provides that "no money shall be drawn from the 
Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law ; " but having rea- 
son to believe that the money has. hi fact, been fairly applied to the public 
service, and that the violation of law has been committed without auy impnqwr 



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Janes, 1S64.1 HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATIVES. 155 

puipoee on the part of the offlcera of the Poet-Offlce and Treaanry Departmente : 
Therefore, 

1. The Congrea» of the Cofifederate 8tote» of America do enact. That tbe Pres- 
Ident cause the aocoouts of the Post-Offlce Department, prior to the first day of 
July, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, to be audited and settled, so as to ascer- 
tain whether, In fact, there has been any nilsapplicatlon of tbe funds of the 
Department, and If be shall ascertain that the transactions of the Department 
have been regular and correct, except In having proceeded without an appropria- 
tion previously made, that he shall cause the accounts to be settled and closed 
to all intents and purposes as If tbe appropriations had been re^larly made in 
advance of the expenditures. 

2. That tbe President reimrt to Congress, at Its nest session, the results of 
tbe Investigation hereinbefore directed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Ur. speaker: Tbe Senate liave passed, with an amendment, a bill of this 
House (H, R. 92) to amend the act approved February 17, ISM, entitled "An 
act to allow commissioned officers of tbe Army rations and tbe privilege of 
purchasing clothing from the Quartermaster's Department: " In nhlcb amend- 
ment I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Barksdale called the que.stioii. 

Mr. Chilton demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin, 

Mr. Heiskell demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■< y '. .q 

Yeas: Arer, Baldwin, Boyce, Chambers, Colyar, Foote, A. H. 
Garland, E. K. Garland, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, HoUiday, J. T. 
Leach, Logan, Miles, Montague, Ramsay, Rus.sell, Shewmake, Simp- 
son, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, 
^Vhitfield, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Bkndford, Bradlev, 
Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clop- 
ton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Duprfi, Echols, 
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hodge, 
Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J, M, Leach, Lester, Lyon, McCallum, 
McMullin, Menees, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, 
Read, Sexton, Singleton, Staples, Triplett, Villere, Witherspoon, 
and Wright. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The bill was engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Heiskell moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

Pending which. 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock; 

And having reassembled, 

Mr. Akin called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion to 
reconsider was lost. 

The bill was passed, and the preamble and title were read and 
agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the special orders were postponed, and the 
bill to amend the act approved February 17, 1864, entitled "An act 
to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and tlie privilege 
of purchasing clothing from the Quartermaster's Department," was 
taken up for consideration. 



1 56 JOUKNAL OF THE [Jon« S, 1M4. 

The bill had been returned from the Sen&t« with the following 
amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Tbat all commlssloDed offlcem Id tbe Army and Navy sball be entfOed to 
one ration, and all commissioned ofHcers In the fleld and afloat. In addition 
thereto, shall be allowed to purchase from any commissary or other oflker 
required to Issue subsistence to soldiers, marines, or aesmen, at tbe prime cost 
thereof. Including transportntlon, as tollows: One ration each for oOlcers of 
and below the rank of colonel ; two rations each for officers of the rank of 
brigadier-general, major-general, and lleutenant-geueral, and three rations 
each for a general; one ration each for commissioned officers of the Navy ot 
and below the rank of commander, and two rations each for officers above tbat 

Sec. 2. That an officer shall not draw or purchase at any time more of tbe 
component part of a ration than Is Issued to tbe private soldier at the same 
time. 

Sbc. 3. That nothing contained In this act or the act to which this Is an 
amendment shall be construed aa allowing commutation for rations or us 
authorizing an officer to receive or purchase rations except when tie reqalres 
them for his own use. 

Sec. 4. That this net shall continue In force only during the war. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (S. S2) providing for the estab- 
llshment and payment of claims for a certain description of property taken 
or Informally Impressed for tbe use of tbe Army ; In which I am directed to 
ask tbe concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Perkins called the question ; which was ordered. 
Upon which Mr. Atkinn demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

( Yeas SY 

And recorded as follows, viz: < m„„„ ~ go 

Yeas: Akin, Baldwin, Blandford, Boyce, Bridgers, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Chambers, Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshank, Echols, Farrow, 
Foster, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Heiskell, 
Hilton, Holder, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, I^ester, Logan, McMul- 
liii, Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Shewmake, 
Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Bradley, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, De 
Jamette, Dickinson, Fuller, Funsten, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hol- 
liday, Keeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Montague, 
Murray, Pugh, R?ad, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Triplett, Villerg, Whit- 
field, and Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Echols moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendments 
of the Senate were concurred in. 

The motion was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill " to amend an act 
entitled 'An act to create a provisional navy of the Confederate 
States,' approved May first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three ;" which 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Naval Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. C6) "to amend the act entitled 'An act to 
provide for the public defense,' approved sixth March, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-one ; " which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 



JnnB<, 18«.l HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 157 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 52) "providing for the establishment and 
payment of claims for a certain description of property taken or 
mformaUy impressed for the use of the Army." 

On motion of Mr. Baldwin, the rule was suspended requiring the 
bill to be referred to a committee, and the bill was made the special 
order oext after the pending special orders are disposed of. 

On motion of Mr. Chammrs, 

The House adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 

THIRTIETH DAY— SATURDAY, June 4, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by the Rev. Dr. Doggett. 

Mr. Miles moved that the House insiat on its amendments to the 
Senate bill (S. 34) "to provide for the compensation of noncommis- 
sioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service," and 
tender to the Senate a committee of conference. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Farrow, from the Committee on Accounts, to whom had been 
referred 

A resolution " that the Committee on Accounts, in settling the 
accounts of R. H. Wynne (the Doorkeeper), be authorized to credit 
him with the snm of eighteen hundred dollars, being the amount of 
the public money abstracted from him without his fault," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it be adopted. 

Mr. Swan, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the following 
resolution : 

Retolvei, Thnt a committee of three be appointed to confer with the proper 
antllorltleB and take sui^h other tatepa as ma; seem right to eecure a distribution of 
the accomnlated muila In the poHt-uflice In the city of Itichmond, and also the for- 
warding from this ofllce of the uiuil matter of Hevernl days past not jet for- 
warded, and that they re])ort their action to thla House ; 

which was adopted. 

The Chair appointed as said committee Messrs. Swan of Tennsssee, 
Holder of Mississippi, and Blandford of Georgia. 

Mr. Boyce, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, under a suspen- 
sion of the rules, reported back a Senate bill (S. 14) "to amend an 
act entitled 'An act to provide an invalid corps,' approved seventeenth 
February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, reported back the same 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was 
agreed to. 

Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, also reported back a Senate 
■ joint resolution (S. 8) " directing the settlement of the claim of 
Zedeki^ McDiniei and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Fed- 
eral gunboat Cairo by means of a torpedo,'°with the recommendation 
that it do pass with an amendment. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 



158 JOUBNAL OF THE Horn *, 1«M. 

The amendment was read and agreed to as follows, viz: 

strike out " seventy-Dloe tbousand tbree buodred and elgbty-clgbt dollars 

BDd eighty ceuts " aad losert In lieu tbereof '" seTCnty-sls thouaand seven hnn- 

dred and twenty-alx dollars and tbirty cents." 

The joint resolution was read a third time, and the question recur- 
ring on its passage, 

The yeas and nays required by the Constitution were recorded as 
follows, viz: 

It was decided in the affirmative, j v^^^. a 

Yeas: Atkins, Bark^dale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, 
Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Chris- 
man, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, 
Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foot«, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaitner, 
A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, 
Hartridge, Heiskell, Holder, Johnston, Keeble, J^mktn, J. M. Leach, 
J. T. Leach, Logan. Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, 
Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Ro^rs, Rus- 
sell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, 
Swan, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Ayer, Bridgers, Hilton, Hodge, Kenner, Morgan, Shew- 
make, and Villere. 

. Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the joint resolution was 
passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to regulate the supplies 
of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war,' approved 
April thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three," 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The bill was read a first and second time. 

And the question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it 
•m the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time and passed, and the title 
was rvad and agreed to. 

Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill 
(S. 13) " to extend to the Navy and Marine Corps the provisions of 
the third section of an act to organize forces to serve during the 
war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four," with the recommendation that it do pass. 

Tlie question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, reported back the memorial 
of C. Williams, asking appropriation for constructing submarine 
vessels, etc., with the recommendation that the cximmittee be dis- ' 
charged from its further consideration, and that it be referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Singleton moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
report from the Committee on Indian Affairs. 

The motion was lost. ,-. . 



JuDe 4. 1894.1 HOUSE OF REFBESBNIATIVES. 159 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the rules were suspended to enable him to 
report from the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on AVays and Means, reported back 

A bill " to increase the compensation of the heads of the several 
Executive Departments," 

with the recommendation that it do pass with the followinjr amend- 
ment: 

Add after the word " Government " the words " and or the Assistant Secre- 
tary of War and o( the TreaBury." 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

Mr. Lyon moved to amend the title by adding the words " and of 
the Assistant Secretary of War and of the Treasury." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported 

A joint resolution " to provide for the President during the war, 
fuel, lights, and forage," 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The joint resolution was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the same and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the title by striking out the same 
and inserting in lieu thereof the following; 



The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the special orders were postponed. 
Mr, Singleton, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing 
votes of the two Houses on the bill " to promote the efficiency of the 
cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and 
irregularities of any portions thereof," submitted the following re- 
port ; which was agreed to : 

The mnniigers on tbe part of the Bouse have met the managers on the part ol 
the Senate npon the disagreeing votes of tbe tn-o Houses on a bill " to promote 
the efficiency of the cnvnlr; of the Provisional Arm;, and to punish lawlessness 
and Irregularities of any portions thereof." and after due conference recom- 
mend that tbe amendment of tbe House to tbe bill of tbe Senate be concurred In, 
with the following amendments : 

After the words " officer or," in tbe third line, Insert tlie word " officers," and 
after the word "soldier." in tbe fourth line. Insert the words "or soldiers," and 
after the word " him," in the fifth line, insert tbe words " or them." 
EDWD. SPARROW, 
LANDON C. HAYNE8, 
WALDO P. JOHNSON, 
Managert on the part of the Scnnt<: 
O. R. SINGLETON, 
WALLER R. STAl'L 



Manageva on tl\e part of the. Uouiie, 



160 JOUBNAL OF THE [June i. 1894. 

Hr. Cruiksbank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
the following bills as correctly enrolled : 

H. R. 126. An act to establish certain post routes therein named ; 

H. R. 8. An act to authorize the judges of the district courts of the 
Confederate States to appoint and change the times and places of 
holding the courts in their respective districts; and 

H. R. 10. Joint resolution of thanks to the Ninth Regiment of 
Texas Infantry. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr, Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back 
a Senate bill (S. 21) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the 
currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved 
seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four," with the 
recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment: 

Strike out the flftli section ; wblch reads as follows, via : 

" Sec. 5. The booda and certlflcates mentioned In the second section of tbe act 
to which tbls Is an amendment stanll be receivable In payment of nil Oovemment 
dues n'blch shall have accrued prior to tbe flret day of January, eighteen hun- 
dred nnd ality-flve, except espurt oiid import duties; and for jiurpoeeB of pay- 
ment herein authorized shall be transferable by delivery." 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Baldwin moved to amend the bill by striking out the first sec- 
tion ; which reads as follows, viz : 

That the amount of Treasury notes which shall be Issued under the provi- 
sions of the act of which this Is nn amendment shall not exceed one dollar of 
neiv Issue for three dollars of tbe old. which may have been paid into tbe 
Treasury under tbe provisions of the said net; Provided, That this limitation 
shall not be construed to restrict the authority of the Secretary of the Treaaury 
to Issue new notes In exchange for old notes held by individuals, at the rate of 
two dollars of the new Issue for three dollars of the old issue, as provldod In tbe 
said act : Provided further. That the Secretary of the Treasury Is hereby 
directed, on the first day of January-, eighteen hundred and ality-flve. or ns 
soon thereafter as practicable, to reduce the amount of Treasury notes In 
circulation to two hundred million dollars; nnd when the circulation of said 
notes shall be thus reduced the faith of tbe Government is hereby pledged that 
tbe same shall not be increased. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the rule limiting debate was suspended \a 
enable Mr. Lyon, the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Mean.s, 
to proceed with an argument he was addressing to the House. 

Mr. Gilmer submitted the following amendment : 

In section 1, strike out all after tbe word " exceed," In line 3. and Insert in 
lieu thereof the following, vIk: "two dollars of new issue for three dollars of 
tbe old. which may have been paid into tbe Treasury under tbe provisions of 
tile said act: Profidcd, That this limitation shall not be construed to restrict 
the iintliorlty of the Secretary to issue new notes In exchange for old notes held 
by individuals, at tbe rate of two dollars of the new issue for three dollars of 
the old Issue, as provided in said act: Provided further. That the Secretary of 
the Treasury is hereby directed, on tl»e first day of January, eighteen hundred 
and Bixty-Uve, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to reduce the amount of 
Treasury notes in circulation to two hundred million dollars." 

Mr. H. W. Bruce called the question ; which was ordered. 
The question being on the amendment of Mr. (^ilmer, 
Mr. Lyon demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -. >;!,'''.^'2 Z'S.'-l'"-'- """ 38 



June 4, ]894.1 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 161 

Yeas : Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, Cham- 
bers, Colyar, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gilmer, Hanfj-, Heiskell, 
Holder, Keeble, L^kin, J. M, Leach, J. T. I>>ach, Lester, I»giin, 
McCallum, Menees, Montague. Moore. Murrav, Pugh, Ramsay, Shew- 
make, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Sorth Carolina, Triplett, 
^Vhitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Akin, Barksdale, Boyce. Bradley, Branch. Eli M. Bruce, 
Horatio W, Bruce, Chrisman, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De 
Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, FoHter, Fimsten. A. H. Garland, 
R, K. Garland, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, HoIIiday, Kenner, Lyon, 
McMullin, Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Rives, Kussell, Sexton, Simp- 
son, Singleton, Staples, Villere, and "Wright. 

So the amendment was lost. 

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the first section by striking out all 
after the word " act," in line 10, 

A message was received from the [President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary] ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe President yesterday approved and signed an net entitled 
"An act (H. R. 52) to amend an act entitled 'An net to provide for holding eleo- 
tiona of Representatives In the Congress of the Confederato Stiites In the State 
of Tennessee,' approved Miiy flrBt, eighteen hundred and sixty -three." 

The President has to-dny iippn>vnl and signed n }olnt resolution entitled 
"Joint resolution (H. R. 9) responsive to tbe resolutions of the general nssem- 
hly of Virginia ' aaitertine the jurladlttlon and sovereignty of the State of Vir- 
ginia over her ancient boundaries." " 

Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 

BURTON .V. HARRISON. 

Private Sccretarj/. 

RicHuoNO. Va., June i. lS6i. 

Mr. Miles moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Mr. Sexton demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | pjayg"^ 1~'1~1~~1 44 r45'| 

Yeas : Anderson, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Boyce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Chambers, Conrad, De Jamette, Dupre. Fuller, Gholson, Goode, 
Hanly, Hartridge, HoUiday, Kenner, J. M. Leach, Marshall, Miles, 
Montague, Moore, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Staples, 
Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Akin, Ayer. Baldwin, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, Bridg- 
ers, Eli M. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Echols, 
Farrow, Foofe, Foster, Fuusten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gil- 
mer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Keeble, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lester, 
I»gan, Lyon, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Morgan. Murray, Ram- 
say, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith 
of North Carolina, Swan, Tnplett, Villere, and AVhitfield. 

So the House refused to adjourn. 

On motion of Mr. Orr, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock. 

Having reassembled, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe President of the Confpdernte States bus notiflwl the Senate 
that be did, on the 2d Instant, aw)rove aud sign an act (S. 33) to r^ulate the 
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1 62 JOUBNAL OF THE [Jane 4. 1864. 

comi^enaatioD and mileage ot members of Congress and Increase the compensa- 
tion of the offleers of tbe Senate and House of ReproRentatl\es. 

Tbc Presldpnt, on tbe M hMtant, approved and signed an act (S. 22) to 
secure the promjrt printing of the laws of tbe Confederate States. 

Tbe President this day apiwoved and signed an act (S. 15) to furnish trans- 
portation to ofDc^rs of the Army and Navy while traveling under orders ; and 

An net (S. 23) to provide for the appolntnient of iidilitional military store- 
keepers In the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. 

The Senate have passed, with an amendment, a bill of this House (H. R. 
134) to amend an act entitled "An net to establish a niter and mining bureau,*' 
approved April 22, 18C3; in n-blch amendment I am directed to ask the concur- 
rence of this House. 

Mr. Orr moved that the rules be suspended limiting debate. 

Mr. Atkins deman<led the v^fls and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered, and the motion was lost. 

A mes-sa^ was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

ilr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a resolution extending the time for 
the adjournment of the present session of Congress ; In which they request tbc 
e of this House. 



Mr. A. H. Garland called the question; which was ordered, and 
the amendment of Mr. Conrad to strike out all after the word " act," 
in line 10, was agreed to. 

Mr. Orr submitted the following amendment: 

Insert In line ft, after tbe word " act." the words " and said notes shnll be a 
legal tender In payment of debts, private and public, except export dues." 

Mr, Orr demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered, and the amendment was lost. 
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin, 
Mr, Swan demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: < w^yc at 

Yeas: Anderson, Baldwin, Baylor. Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, 
Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Ewiiig. Furrow, Fuller, Gilmer, Heis- 
Uell, Holder, Keeble, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Mc- 
(i^allum, McMullin. Menees. Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, 
Shewniake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Turner, WTiit- 
field, and Wit her spoon. 

Nays: Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Bradley, Branch, Horatio 
W, Bruce, Chrisman, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, Foote, Fun- 
sien, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson. Goode, Hurt- 
ridge, Hilton, Kenner, Lyon, Miles, Morgan, Perkins. Kiigeni, Rus- 
sell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, 
Villere, and Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment: 



Mr. Ayer submitted the following amendment: 

After the word " ninendinent." hi line 2. section Ti, Insert the words " and all 
oertjfleates of deposit and ' call certiflcates ' issued to individuals from the Treas- 
ury Departuieut prior to the first day of April, eighteen hundred and sixty-four." 

On motion of Mr. Moore, 

The House adjourned. r nzjdbXtiOOQlc 



Junefl, 18«4.] HOUSE OF EEPHESENTATIVES. 163 

THIRTY-FIRST DAY— MONDAY, Jonb 6, 1864. 

OPEN 8ES8I0N. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Read. 

The Chair laid l>efore the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., June ,), ISGi- 
To the Senate and Boune of Repre»cnlative»: 

I berewltb transmit for your coDslderatlon couiDiunications from the proper 
uffleerB. submlttliif: eatlmateM of the imiount required to be appropriated for 
tbe period ending December 31. 1804. under tbe act approved June 2. 1864. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair also laid before the House another communication from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

RicHMOKD, Va., June 1, lS6i. 
To the Senate and House of Representatives: 

I herewith transmit for your Information a communication from the Secre- 
tary of War. covering copies of several additional reports of military oi)erationa. 

It \a BTiggeeted that these reports should not be published or used otherwise 
than for tbe Information of Members and Senators of the Confederate States 
Congress. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Tbe Chair also laid betore the House another communication from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., June i, ISSi. 
To the House of Representatives: 

In reBiwnse to your resolution of the 5th ultimo, I herewith transmit a com- 
monlcation from the Secretary of War, conveying the information asked for 
relative to the orgnnl^ation and disbanding of Company K of the Twenty- 
seventh B^ment of South Carolina Volunteers. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair also laid before the House another communication from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va., June 2. ISS.}. 
To the Senate and Bovse of Representatives: 

I herewith transmit for your Information a communication from the Secre- 
tary of War, covering copies of additional reports of military operations during 
the year 1863. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair laid before the House the following resolution of the 
Senate : 

Resolved (the House of Representatives concurring) . That the time flsed for 
the adjournment of the present spRslnri of Congresa be extended to Saturday, 
the eleveotti day of June, eighteen humlred and sixty-four, and that the Presl- 



164 JOURNAL OF THE [June 6. 1864. 

deDt of tbe Seuate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn 
their respective Houses, sloe die, at twelve o'clock meridian on that daj. 

Mr, Foote submitted the following amendment : 

strike out all of the resolution after tbe word " That," In tbe second line, and 
Insert Id lieu thereof " the two Housea of (ronsreea will on Saturday nest 
at twelve o'clock meridian take a retess of Blsty-one da^rs, bo as to retain power 
to provide for all eixlgencles which shall In the meantime arise." 

Mr. A. H. Garland moved to amend the resolution by striking out 
the words " Saturday, the eleventh," and insert in lieu thereor tlie 
words "Thursday, the ninth." 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the amendment .by striking out the 
words " Thursday, the ninth," and inserting " Tuesday, the four- 
teenth." 

The amendment of Mr. Miles was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. A. H. Garland, 

Mr. Staples demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j XayJ'/'^^yy 59 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Bell, BJandford, Bridgers, Chrisman, Colyar, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, HeisKell, 
Keeble, J. M. Leach, Logan, Morgan, Ramsay, Sexton, J. M. Smith, 
W, E, Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Turner, "ttTiitfield, and 
Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, 
Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, 
Conrad, Cruikshank, Elliott, Ewinc, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, 
Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmt^r, Goode, Hanly, Hartrjdge, Hilton, 
Hodge, Holder, HoUiday, Johnston, Kenner, I^mkin, J. T. Leach, 
Ijcster, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, 
Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, Staples, Triplett, Villerfi, and With- 
erspoon. 

So the amendment was lost. 

Mr. Swan moved to lay the resolution and amendment of Mr. Foote 
on the table. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr, Atkins moved to amend the resolution by striking out the 
words " Saturday, (he eleventh," and inserting m lieu thereof the 
words " the fourth day of July." 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Hilton moved to amend the amendment of Mr, Foote : 

strike out the words "sixty-one days" and insert In lieu thereof tbe words 
" until tbe flrst Monday in September." 

Mr. Dupre moved to lay the amendment ©f Mr. Foote and the 
amendment of Mr. Hilton on the table. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: | Nays"""!!!"""'"! 44 [451 

Yeas: Akin, Aver, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Branch, Burnett, 

Chambers, Chilton. Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, 

Dupr^, Echols, Ewing, A. H. Garland, K. K. Garland, GUmer, 



JniM 8, IgfM.l HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATIVE8. 165 

Holder, Keeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, Lyon, Machen, 
McCallum, McMullin, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Rainsay, Rives, Sexton, 
Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Villere, Whitfield, and 
Wright. 

Nays; Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Bradley, Bridgers, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster, 
Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heis- 
kell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, I-ester, 
Marshall, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Pugh, 
Russell, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan, Tnp- 
lett. Turner, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion was lost. 

Mr. Swan moved to amend the resolution of the Senate by striking 
out all after the word " extended," and dejnanded the yeas and nays 
thereon; which were not ordered, and the amendment was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Hilton, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Foster submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of Mr. Foote : 



Mr. Atkins moved to lay the amendments of Mr. Foote aud Mr. 
Foster on the table. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: J w-y" 43 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, 
Branch. Bridgers, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Cruik- 
shank, Dickinson. Dupre, Echols, Ewing, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gilmer, Holder, Keeble, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, Lyon, 
McCallum, McMullin, Moore, Morgan, Orr, Ramsay, Read, Rives, 
Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, W. E, Smith, Smith of North Caro- 
lina, Staples, Turner, Whitfield, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, 
Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Elliott. Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, 
Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge. Heiskell, Hil- 
ton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Kennef, Lamkin, Lester, Machen, 
Marshall, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Murray, Perkins, Pugh, 
Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Villere, and Wither- 
spoon. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

Mr. Foster moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words 
" Saturday, the eleventh day of June," and inserting in lieu thereof 
the words " the first Monday m July." 

Mr. Foote demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr. Foster was lost, and the resolution of the 
Senate was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Hartridge, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. tiester, for the remainder of the session. 

On motion of Mr. Fuller, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, ^. Bamsay, from to-morrow for the remainder of the session. 



166 JOUBNAL OF THE (June 6. 18(M. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the unfinished 



The bill to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the currency 
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved 17th Fell- 
ruary, 1864. 

Mr. Sexton moved that the consideration of the pending business 
be postponed. 

The motion was lost. 

A messa^ was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed n bill and Joint resolution of the 
following titleH. viz : 

S. 09. A bill to retire or drop Beid and company oBlcers from tbe Arlny in 
ivrtaln caaes ; and 

S. 11. Joint resolution relating to the exchange of the dally newBi>aperB of 
the Confederate States with those of England and France ; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

The Senate have agreed to the reiMirt of the coinnilttee of conference on 
the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (S. 31) to promote tlie 
offlclency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness 
and Irr^pilaritles of any portions thereof. 

The Senate have passed a bill of this House (H. R. !>8) to amend an act 
entitled "An act to reduce tlie currency and to authorize a new issue ot iiotea 
and bonds," approved February 17, 18G1. 

And they have concurred in the amendment proposed by the House of Rcyv 
resentatlves to the joint resolution (S. 8) directing tlie settlement of the 
einim of Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewlug for destroying the Federal 
gunimat C'alro by means of a torpedo. 

Mr. Moore moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
of Mr. Baldwin was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, the consideration of the bill was post- 
poned. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back 
a Senate bill (S. 44) " to authorize certificates of indebtedness to be 
given for proi>erty purchased or impressed and for transportation, 
nnd to provide for payment of the interest on said certificates in 
si)ecie." with the recommendation that it do pass with the following 
nmendments: 

1. In the first section, fourth line, strike out the words " seized or.'i 

2. In the first section, fifth line, strike out the word "shall" nnd Insert the 
word " may." 

.1. Add to the eud of the first section the following: "An additional twent,v- 
lire i>er cent shall be made to any a|)pralsenient made under the authority of 
this section." 

4. In the third section, second line, strike out the word " shall " and Insert 
the word " may." 

Vi. In the third section, eleventh lino, strike out the word "discretion" and 
add the words "to parties who lire willing to recplve the same." 

a. Add at the end of the hill the following additional section : 

" Sec. — . Re it further diacteil. That nil certlficntes of indebtedness given as 
authorized by this act shall be held and regardwl as evidence of indebtedness 
by the G<)verunient of the Confwlerate States to the holders thei-eof till the 
Slime nre paid and dischnrged ns iirovlded by law." 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The first amendment of the committee was agreed to. 



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jDDee. 1864.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 167 

Mr. McMullin moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 

Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon j 

^Vliich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < \^.o ■{(■ 

Yeas: Anderson, Baldwin, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W, 
Unice, Chambers, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jametto, Dickinson, 
Kwing, Foster, Fuller. Fnnsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, 
(iholson, Goode, Hanly, Hciskel!, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, Holliday, 
Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester. Logan, Machen, 
McMullin, Miller, Montague, Murrav, Perkins, Ramsav. Rus.sell, 
.Shewmake, J. M. Smith. W. E. Smith. Smith of NortK Carolina, 
Staples, Swan, Triplet*, AVhitfield. and Wright. 

> ays : Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Burnett, 
Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar, Conrad, Dupre, Elliott, Furrow. Foote, 
Oaither, Gilmer, Hartrldge, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Marshall, Mc- 
Callum, Menees, Miles, ^Ioore. Mormn. Orr, Pugh, Rives, Sexton, 
Simpson, Singleton, Turner, Villere, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

Mr. Swan moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
que^ion ; which was ordered, and the motion was lost. 

The Chair appointed as managers on the part of the House at the 
conference tendered to the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the 
two Houses on the bill (S. 3+) "to provide for the compensation of 
noncommiKsioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed 
service," Mr. Bridgers of North Carolina, Mr. Perkins of Jjouisiana, 
and Mr. Holliday of Virginia- 

The House resumed consideration of the bill *' to amend an act 
entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue 
of notes and Iwnds; ' approved seventeenth February, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four." 

The question being on the motion of Mr. Moore to reconsider the 
vote by which the amendment of Mr. Baldwin was agreed to, 

Mr. Conrad demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, to wit: ] x|^s""""" ~_"_~_ ^ ^^^^ 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins. Barksdale. Bovce. Bradley. Branch, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett. Cliilton. Chrisman, Connid. I)e 
Jamette, Elliott, Ewing. Foote. Funsten. (iaither, A. H, (larland, 
Goode, Hartridge. Hilton. Kenner. Lyon. Machen, Marshall, Mc- 
Callum, Moore, Morgan. Perkins, Rives. Russell, Sexton. Simpson, 
Singleton. Smith of ^orth Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Villere, and 
Wiuierspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Bridgers, Cham- 
bers, Clopton, Colvar, Cruikshanlc, Diipre, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, 
R. K, Garland, Gliolson, Gilmer. Hanly, Ileiskell. Ho<lge, Holder, 
Hollidav, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Ijeach,' J. T. I^each, Lester, I>ogan, 
McMullin, Menees, Miles, Montague. Murray. Orr, Pugh, Ramsav, 
Shewmake, J. M. -Smith. AV. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Triplett, 
Turner. Whitfield, and Wright. 

So the motion to reconsider whs lost. 

Mr. Lyon moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 



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168 JOURNAL OP THE tJuoe 8. 1894. 

Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered. 

Mr, Chambers moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called 
the question; which was ordered. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina demanded the yeas and nays tliereon ; 

\Vhich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j X®*^ r *^ 

Yeas; Akin, Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, 
Bridgers, Clopton, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gftither, 
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, 
Lester, Logan, McCallum, McMullin. Montague, Orr, Ramsav, Rives, 
Russell, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Whitfield, and Wright. 

Nays: Atkins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradley. Branch, Eli M. Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, De Jamette. Dupr4, Ewing, Foster, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland. Hanly, Hartridge. Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holli- 
day, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles, Miller, Moore, Morgan, 
Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Sexton, Swan, and Triplett. 

So the motion to reconfii<ler prevaile<l. 

The question recurring on the motion to lay the bill on the table, 

Mr, Fuller demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ }j^^^ ^^ [^] 

{ Nays 40 [42] 

Yeas: Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford. Bradley, Branch, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dupre, 
Ewing, A. H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Hanlv. Hartridge, Heiskell, 
Hihon, Hodge, Kenner. Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Miles, 
Moore. Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Pugh. Sexton, Swan, and Villere. 

Nays : Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Bridgers, Clopton, 
De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Fimsten, Gaither, Ghol- 
son, Gilmer, Goode, Holder, Tlolliday. Lamkin, J, M. Leach, J. T, 
Leach, Lester, Logan, McMullin, Menees, Montague. Murray, Ram- 
sav, Rives, Rus.sell, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Tuiuer, Whitfield, With- 
erspoon, and Wright. 

So the motion to lav on the table was lost. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. fipcaker: The Senate have pnssed a Joint resolution {S, 9) of tlinnkn to 
Gen. R Kirby Smith and tbc oflleera and soldiers of bla commaad; In wlilcb 
i am directed to ask the concurrence of tbla House. 

They hare passed, without amendment, hills of this House of the following 
titles, viz; 

H. R. lin. An net to ameud so much of an act entitled "Au a<'t to organize 
forces to aerve duriuK the war," approved February 17, 18G4, as relates to the 
exemption of certain religious denominational : 

II. R, 147. An act to amend nn act entitled "An act to liu|>OBe regulations 
upon the foreign commerce of the Confeilernte States to provide for the public 
defense." approved February (i. I8ft4; and 

H, R. 149. An act to amend sn act entitled "An net to regulate the supplies 
of clothtug to enlisted men of the Navy during the war." approved April 30, 



Junee. 1B64.1 HOUSE OP BEPEESENTATIVES. 169 

(ilerB. snilora. and marloes on detailed service. a»;ree to the ronference neked 
tor hy the House on the diaagreeln^ votes of the two Houses thereon, nnd Mr. 
Sparrow. Mr. Rron-n. anil Mr. Mitchel have been appointed malingers at said 
conference on the iMirt o( the Senate. 

Mr. Ayer moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means, and called the quesition; which was not 
ordered. 

Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered. 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a reces.s until 8 o'clock; 

And having reassembled, 

Mr. Seston moved a call of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Upon the call of the roll the following members answered to their 
names : 

Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, 
Branch, Bridgers, Burnett, Chilton, Clopt«n, Colvar, Cniikshank, 
Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K, (iarland, 
Gholson, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday. Johnston, 
Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Ijester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, 
Afarshall, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Montagne. Moore, Morgan, 
Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, 
J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Tur- 
ner, Villere, 'WTiitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

A quorum being present, 

On motion of Mr. Machen, all further proceedings under the call 
were dispensed with. 

The question being on the motion to recommit the bill and amend- 
ments, 

Mr. Moore demanded the yoas and nays; 

^^Tiich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ^ »> 



■ I Nays.. 
)rd, Brs " 



Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Blandford, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Bur- 
nett. Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, Dickinson, Ewing, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Hartridge, Hilton, Kenner, Machen, Marshall, Mc- 
Callum, Menees, Miles, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Swan, With- 
orspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Baylor, Bell, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Dupre, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gholson, Gil- 
mer, Goode, HeisKell, Holder, Hollidav, Johnston, Lamkin, J. T, 
Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, McMullin, Jlontagiie, iloore, Orr, Ram- 
say, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Turner, A'illen', and Whitfield, 

So the motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. OiT moved the indefinite postponement of the bill. 

Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

\Vhich were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz : ] v^,^ ..r 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Barksdalc, Baylor, Blandford, Branch, Eli 
M, Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Ewing. Farrow, Foster, A. H. Garland, R- K, Garland, TIart- 
ridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Keeble, Kemier, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, 



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Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Pugh. Read, Sexton, Swan, Villere, and 
Wright. 

Nays : Anderson, Baldwin, Bell, Bridgers, Clopton, Conrad, Foote, 
Fuller, Funsten, (rholson, Gilmer, (Joode, Holder, Hollidav, .Tohii- 
Hton, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan. McCallum, ilcMulIin, 
Menccs, Montague, Moore, Ramsay. Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, 
J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples. Triplett, Turner, 
Whitfield, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion to postpone prevailed. 

Mr. (larland moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called thn 
question : which was ordered. 

Mr. Gilmer demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were orderetl. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j \;„„t. 39 

Yeas: Anderson, Ayor. Baldwin, Baylor, Bell, Bridgers, Clopton, 
Conrad, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilnior. Goode, 
Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. I^ach, Tjcs- 
ter, Logan, McAlulHn, Menees, Miller, Montague, Moore, Ramsay, 
Russell, Shewmake. Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Staples, Triplett, Turner, \Vbitfield. and Witherspoon. . 

>.ays: Akm, Atkins, Barksdnle, Blandford, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dickin- 

Sn, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, 
artridge, Heiskdl, Hilton, Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, 
MarshalT, McCallum. Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rog- 
ers, Sexton, Swan, Villere, and Wright. 

So the motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S, 38) " for tfie payment of commissioners 
appointed under the act entitled 'An act to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases,' and to confer certain pow- 
ers upon said commissioners," reported bacli the same with the rec- 
ommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

Mr. J. T. Tjeach demanded the yeas and nays ; 

AVliich were ordered. 

And recorded as follow.^i, viz: \ M„yg 53 

Yeas: Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Cruikshank, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, 
Gaither, A. H. Garland, R, K. Garland, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin, 
J. M. Leach, J. T. Ijeacli, Tjester, Logan, Marshall, Murray, Orr, 
Ramsav, Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Tunier. and 
Wright. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, 
Branch, Bridgers, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopt<m, 
Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre. Ewing, Foster. Fun- 
sten, GIioImhi, Oonde, Hartridge, Ileiskell, Hilton. Hodge. Holliday, 
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner. Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, 
Menees, ftlilcs. Miller. Montague, Moore, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, 
Rogers, Russell, Sexton. Simpson, J. M. Smith, Staples, Swan, Vil- 
ier(-, miilliehl. and Witherspoon. 

So the question was decided in the negative. ^-. ■ ^ 



June e. 1804.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. l7l 

Mr. A. H. Garland submitted the following amendment: 

In Bectlou 1, strike out after the word " eonipensntion," In line 3, the words 
" of two hundred and fifty doUnra eocb per montb from tlie date of their respet^- 
tive appolntmentH until the eipiratioD of their service." aod Insert in lieu 
thereof the words "twenty dollars {ler day for each day they sball l>e respec- 
. lively engaged In Investigating euses under anld act." 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nasli, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 



Mr. Barksdale rose to a point of order, viz : 

That the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Foote) was out of order 
in criticising the commissioners appointed under the act " suspenditig 
the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases whilst 
discus.sin^ the question of their compensation. 

Mr. Chilton (in the chair) overruled the point of order. 

Mr. Barksdale appealed from the decision of the Chair, 

And the question being put, 

Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House? 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr, Swan demanded the previous question. 

The demand was not sustained. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. speaker: The Senate have passed, with amendments, a bill (11. R, IOC) 
to increase the compensatlou o! the nuneouimlssioned otflcers and privates of 
the Army of the Confederate States. 

They have concurred In tile auiendnients of the House of Representatives to 
the hill (S. 43) to regulate the pay of a general assicned to duty at ti»e seat of 
government under the provisions of the act approved March 25, 1862, with 
ameudments. 

In which ameuduieuts I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr, Hilton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Garland, 

Mr- Foote demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: -J j^„™ """" ~ ~~~~ q 



Yeas: Bell, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, A, H. Garland, R. K. (Jarland, 
Gilmer, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, I^ogan, Murray, Smith of \orth Caro- 
lina, Turner, and Wkherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, 
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chil- 
ton. Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank. De Jarnette, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Funsten, Gaither. Gholwon, Goode, Hart- 
ridgc, Ileiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Hohler. Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, 
Kenner, J. M. Leach. Lester, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, 
McMuUin, Miles, Miller, Montagtie, Moore, Morgan, Perkins, Pu^h, 
Ramsay, Read, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, 
Staples, Swan, Triplett, Villerc, Whitiield, and Wi ' 



Wright. 
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172 JOURNAL OP THE tJoiw T. 1S14. 

The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring on its 
passage, 
Mr. J. M. Leach demanded tlie yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j >j.^„ "~ " ar 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, 
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Dupre, 
Ewing, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, 
Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, 
McCallum, McMuIlin, Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Perkins, 
Pugh, Readj Russell, Sexton, Simpson, J, M. Smith, Swan, Triplett, 
VilTer^, ^ATiitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Navs: Ayer, Cruikshank, Farrow, Footo, Fuller, A. H. Garland, 
E. K" Garland, Gilmer, Hodge, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. 
Leach, Lester, Logan, Murray, Orr, Bamsay, Shewmake, Smith of 
North Carolina, and Turner. 

So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

On motion of Sir. Gaither, leave of absence was granted to his 
colleague, Mr. I^ogan (called home by indisposition in his family). 

On motion of Mr. Kenner, 

The House adjourned. 

THIRTY-SECOND DAY— TUESDAY, June 7, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer bv Rev. Dr. Read. 

Mr. AfcMulIin moved that when the House adjourn to-day it ad- 
journ to meet to-morrow at 10 o'clock. 

Mr. Hilton moved to lay the motion on the table; which latter 
motion was lost, and the motion of Mr. McMuliin prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate joint resolution (S. 12) 
" for the relief of Wellington Goddin;" which was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S, 9) " of thanks to General E. 
Kirby Smith and the officers and soldiers of his command;" which 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 11) "relating to the e.xchange 
of the daily newspapers of the Confederate States with those of 
England and France ; " which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 69) " to retire or drop field and company offi- 
cers from the Army in certain cases;" which was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee' on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S, 43) " to regulate the pay of a general 
assigned to duty at the scat of government under the provisions of 
the act approved March twenty-fiftli, ei^teen hundred and sixty- 
two; " which had been returned from the Senate with the foliowing 
amendments to the amendment of the House, viz ; 

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June I, 1864.1 HOUSE OP BEPBEBBNTAT1VB8. 178 

1. Strlte out In Hue 1, the word " sis " and Insert " Ave," 

2. Strike out. In UneB 2 and 3, the words " Ave huudred " and Insert " four 
buDdred and Qfty." 

3. Strike out, In line 4, the words " four hundred " and Insert " three hundred 
and flfty." 

4. Strike out all after the word "montb," In line 4. and Insert the words 
"That a general commanding an army In the held shall receive, In addition to 
the said sum of five hundred dollars i>er month, one hundred dollars, and a 
lieutenant-general, a ranjor-general, and a brigadier-i<enernl shall, whilst serv- 
ing In tlie field, each receive fifty dollars per month In addition to the sum 
berelD allowed, whilst so serving, and all laws allowing additional compensation 
for commanding a separate arm; In the field be, and they are hereby, repealed 
except as herein provided, and that this act shall he in furce for one year, and 
no longer." 

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in. 

The Chair also laid before the House a bill (H. R. 106) " to increase 
the compensation of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the 
Army of the Confederate States;" which had beei) returned from 
the Senate with the following amendments: 

1. strike out, in line 4, the word " permanently." 

2. Add at the end of bill the words " for the period of one year from the pas- 
sage of this act" 

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in. 

The Chair also laid before the House 

A bill (H. R, 134) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish a 
niter and mining bureau,' approved April twents'-second, eighteen 
hundred and sisty -three ; " 

which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ment: 



The amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H. R. 98. An act to amend an act entitled "j\n act to reduce the 
currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved 
February 17,1864; 

S. 13. Anact to extend to the Navy and Marine Corps the provi- 
sions of the third section of an act to organize forces to serve during 
the war, approved February 17, 1864; 

S. 14. Ah act to amencl an act entitled '"An act to provide an 
invalid corps," approved February 17, 1864; 

S. 8, Joint resolution directing the settlement of the claim of 
Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Fed- 
eral gunboat Cairo by means of a torpedo ; 

• S. 31, An act to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provi- 
sional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any por- 
tions thereof; 

H. R. 147. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to impose regu- 
lations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to pro- 
vide for the public defense," approved February 6, 1864; 

H. R. 119, An act to amend so much of an act entitled "Aji act to 
organize forces to serve during the war," approved February 17, 1864, 
as relates to the exemption of certain religious denominations; 



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174 JOTTBHAIi OF THE (Jime T, 1804, 

H. R. 149. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate the 
supplies of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war," 
approved April 30, 1863 ; and 

H. R. 32. An act to amend the act approved February 17, 1864, 
entitled "An act to allow commissioned officers of the Anny rations 
and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the Quartennaster's 
Department," 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S. 5!)) " to authorize the owners of the 
registered eight per cent ten-year convertible bonds issued under the 
provisions of the act approved May sixteenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-one, to e.\change the same for coupon bonds," reported back the 
same with the recommendation that it do pass with the following 
amendment : 

After tbe word " Imnds." iu the twolftli line, insert the words " which bonds." 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

The bill was read the third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from tlie same committee, reported a bill " concerning 
the salary of the Treasurer; " which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported the following resolu- 
tion: 

Bcmilrcil. 'I'hiit the ifliiiireusiition of tbe pages of this noiise iind of the clerks 
uf the coiiiniittecM uutborizod by the Houne l>e fixed for the present woxslon and 
for the nest session at double tbe rates whieb were paid to tbe surae officers of 
tbe Inst Co&gresH ; 

which was adopted. / 

Mr. Sexton, from the same committee, reported 

A bill to be entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to 
reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of bonds and Treas- 
ury notes,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty- four ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Conrad, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act for the relief of taxpayers,' 
approved February thirteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- four ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question iMjing on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 



JuDeT. 18«4.] HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATTVES. 175 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Conrad, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to amend the first section oi an act entitled 'An act to 
organize the clerical force of the Treasury Department,' approved 
FeDruaiT thirteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr, Conrad, from the same committee, reported a bill with the same 
title with the recommendation tliat it do pass. 

The bill was read a first and second time. 

And the question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Hanly, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve 
during the war,' approved February seventeenth; eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four, 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with 
the following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Thiit tbe "'.Xct to organize fort-es to serve during tlie war." approved Febru- 
ary seventeenth, eigbteen hundred and nlxty-four, be, and the same la hereby, 
Ro amended nx to allow nil white residents between the uKes of seventeen and 
eigbteen nnd forty-Qve and fifty years who are prevented from enrolling them- 
selves within the time prescribed, by the said act by tiie (Kcupution of tbe locali- 
ties or country by the public enemy, and whose homes are and have beeii since 
the passage of said act lieyoad tbe lines of tbe Coafederate armies, to oi^anlze 
themselves In pursuimce of the sixth section of said act after their homes or 
localities are brought within the lines of tbe Confederate armies; and this 
privilege shall continue for tbe space of thirty days after the reocrupatlon Is 
announced by an order Issued by tbe Secretary of War and published In the 
military department In which said reoccupatlon may occur. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and tlie title 
was read and agreed to, 

Mr. Staples, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve 
during the war,' approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four, so as to exempt from military service such Stsite offi- 
cers as may be exempted by State law," 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The bill was read a first and second time. 

And the question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The morning hour having expired, 

(>n motion oT Mr, Chambers, the first special order was postponed. 

Mr. Miles moved to postpone the second special order. 



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176 JOUBNAL OF THE [Jane 7. 1604. 

The motion was lost, and special order, viz : 

The bill to provide supplies for the Army and to prescribe tlie 
mode of making impressments, 
was taken up for consideration. 

Mr. McMullin moved to postpone the consideration of the bill until 
to-morrow. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Simpson submitted the following amendment to the bill (in the 
nature of a substitute) ; which was ordered to be printed : 

Section 1. TIip Congreax i,f the Confrderate States of Amrrica lio enact, Tbnt 
private |)roi>erty sLall not be impressed for the public use. exi-ept nB hereinafter 
provided, and in all otber cases the GoverDiuent sball be furnlsbed witb nil nec- 
essary supplieH by purchase; and for tliis puri)ose there shall be establlebed In 
each State a department hnowu as the purcbiiRlng depurtuieut. Tliis depart- 
ment in each State sball consist of oae chief offlcer. witb the pay and nllowanccs 
of a major of Infantry, with as many subordinate officers as may lie necessary, 
not. liowever, exceeding one for eacli county or district, with tbe pay and allow- 
ances of a eapfaiu of infantry, iind as many clerbs and agents as the necessi- 
ties of tbe department may re<iuire. wltli the pay and allowances of privates of 
infantry, witb commutation of quarters. 

Sec. 2. Tbe officers In this department shall be over tlie age of forty-Qve 
years: sball be resident freeholders of tbe district or county for which they 
may lie apiiointed, with the exception of the chief officer, who shall l>e a resi- 
dent freeholder of tiie State, and they shall be apjiolnted by the Secretary of 
War. The clerks and aj^ents shall iie appointed hy the suliordlnate officers, 
with the concurrence of tlic chief officer In each State, and shall !« appointed 
from tliose who are either over conscript age or have iieen declared by a medical 
board as unfit for Held service. 

Sec. 3. These departments shall be authorized and charged with the duty of 
purchasing at the gold valne thereof, from producers, the entire miri'liis In 
each state of all such articles as may be needed by the Government, under In- 
structions from the Quartermaster and Commissary Generals, to be paid for in 
certlBcates which, uiwn their face, the Government sball promise to reilecm 
In gold, sis months after the ratification of peace : and which certificates shall 
be receivable in payineut of all public dues, at a gold standard, compared with 
Treasury notes ; and these deiiartnieiits shall be authorized, under rules to be 
prescribed by the Secretary of War, to resell to the families of soldiers, and to 
all other persons desiring to purchase for their own consumption, so much of 
the prod«<-e purchased by them as the Government may not need for its own use, 
at original cost, with a sufficient per cent added to cover waste, to be paid for 
in tbe certificates aforesaid, or In Treasury notes, at tlie market value of the 
property therein. 

Sec 4. That each officer appointed under this act shall, before entering upon 
his duties, give bond with good and sufficient security, conditioned for the faith- 
ful performance of his dnty. and tliat he will not. directly or Indirectly, be en- 
gaged In tbe purchase or sale, on private account, either for himself or any other 
person, of any articles of the character to be purchased by him on Government 
account 

Sec. .'i. That any officer or agent connected with said department who shall 
be guilty of violating the requirements set forth in the previous section, except 
such as may be authorized to purchase for their own consumption, as otber citi- 
zens. In addition to being liable on their bond shall, upon conviction before any 
court of the Confederate States having c«mpetent Jurisdiction, be fined hy said 
court In a sum not exceeding dollars, and be imprisoned for a term of 

years not less than years, nor more than years. 

Sec. 6. These departments shall be authorized to Impress all sutri'iies of food 
or forage, or other products which the Government may ref|ulre. In the following 

First In all cases where such articles are In second bands and held for 
resale and not for consumption. Second. In all cases of surplus In the bands 
of producers where the bolder and the Government agent or officers can not 
agree as to the gold price, or where, from any other course, the holders refuse 
to sell to the Goveninient, and in such cases the qup«t!on of suriilus and price, 
which shall t>e estimated at tlie gold standard, shall be determined by three 
disinterested freeholders oi the vicinage, to be chosen one by the producer, 



June T, 1804.1 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 177 

one bj the officer, and the tliird by tUese two, who shall act under otith to do 
Justice botb to tbe Govemoicnt nnd to the producer. And. thirdly, lu nil cases 
wbere tbe necessities of tbe Army, or any portion of It. may rei|uire a more 
prompt and Bi)eedy supply than can be furnished by purcbase — wblcb necessity 
shall be determined by the general commanding tbe deimrtuient — and when so 
required under special orders from tbe Reneral comniaDdlnK the department, 
particularly describing what articles are urgently needed. The chief officer 
In each State, either through himself or by his county and district olHcers. may 
Impress such articles as may thus be required, but In every such cose a sufH- 
clent supply for the support of the holder and his family and to carry on his 
ordinary avocation shall he left, and the gold value shall he paid In the cer- 
tlflcates aforesaid; said price, and what Is sufficient for family support, to be 
determined by tbe appraisers aforesaid, as in section above. 

Sec. 7. The Secretary of the Treasury shall be authorized to issue certlflcates 
herein required to be used in the purchase of |iro))erty to tbe amount of 
millions, of such denonil nations and n'ltb such authentications as may be nec- 
essary, and he shall not be authorized to Issue Treasury notes except to tbe 
amount of one hundred millions until tbe meeting of the next Congress. 

Mr. J. T. Ijeach moved to amend the bill by striking out the word 
" as.sessed," in line 14, section 1, and inserting m lieu thereof the word 
" market." 

The amendment was not agreed to. 

Mr. McCallum submitted the following amendment: 

After tbe word "kind." in line 12, section 1. strike out the words "shall be 
paid for on delivery by the i>ost quartermasters In the several districts at the 
assessed value thereof" and insert In lieu thereof tbe words "and one-balf tbe 
value thereof shall be paid for at the time of delivery by the post quarter- 
masters In the several districts at the assessed value thereof, and for ttte other 
half certificates of indebtedness shall lie delivered to Ihe party entitled to the 
same In such form and under such Instructions as the Secretary of the Treasury 
may prescribe, payable at the end of tbe war and bearing sis per cent interest" 

Mr. Conrad submitted the following amendment to the amendment : 
strike out all after tbe words "the other half" and Insert the following: 
" he shall be entitled to receive certificates of debt as authorized by section four- 
teen of the act entitled ■.\n act to reduce tbe <-urrency and to authorize n new 
Issue of notes and boilds.' approved seventeenth of February, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four, or If the owner (if the iiroi«Tly iirefer it. said prii|>erty shall Ihs 
valued at the average prices of similar pro|>erty in the same uelghborhood In 
tbe year eighteen hundred and sixty, wltli twenty-five |>er cent added thereto, 
and Id case the latter valuation he adopted the interest on the certificate shall 
be paid In s|iecie or Its equivalent in Treasury notes." 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary, as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: On the 4th instant the President api)roved and signed tbe fol- 
lowing acts and loint resolution : 

H. R. 8. An act to authorize tbe Judges of the district c-ourts of Ihe Con- 
federate States to appoint and change the times and places of holding tbe courts 
in their respective districts; 

n. B. 12.1. An act to establish certain [lOst routes therein named ; and 

H. R. 10. A Joint resolution of thanks to the Ninth Regiment of Texas In- 
fantry. 

BURTON N. HARRISON. 

Private Hfcretary. 

RicHMONO. Va., June 7, Ififif 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved to recommit the bill and amendments to a 
special committee, with instructions to bring in a bill repealing that 
part of the existing tax law which credits the value of the tax in kind 
on the tax levied and levy additional money taxes on all other business 
property and interests to equalize all taxes with that of the agricul- 
tural interests; further, that said committee be, and is hereby, in- 
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178 JOUBNAL OF THE [June T, 1864. 

striicted to levy an export duty on all articles of export to meet the 
interest on tlie five hundred millions of bonds as now provided by 
law ; and, further, consider the propriety of changing the basis of 
valuation from that of 1860 to that of 1864. 

Mr. Montague moved to amend the instructions by striking out 
the whole thereof and inserting the following: 



The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a re(;ess until 8 o'clock. 

Having reassembled, 

Mr. McMullin moved a call of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Upon the call of the roll the following gentlemen answered to 
their names: 

Messrs. Atkins, Baylor, Boycc, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, 
Colyar, Conrad, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Funsten, A. H. Gar- 
land, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Holliday, 
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Logan, Mnchen, 
McCallum, McMullin, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, 
Russell, Simpson, Singleton, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Trip- 
lett, "Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr, Speaker. 

Upon a call of the absentees the following gentlemen were excused : 

Mr. Barksdale, Mr. Rives, Mr. Orr. Mr. Baldwin, Mr. "Welsh, Mr. 
Whitfield, Mr. Sexton, Mr. J. M. Smith, Mr. Villere, Mr. Holder, 
Mr. Read, Mr. Hodge, Mr. Akin, Mr. Menees, Mr. Murray, and Mr. 
Lester. 

On motion of Mr. McMullin, all further proceedings nnder the 
call were dispensed with. 

On motion of Mr. Garland, the House resolved itself into s<fivc 
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed busipess in 
open session. 

A inGs.sage was received from tlie Senate, by Mr, Nasli, their Secre- 
tary; which is an follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have pnsBed, without muendiuent, ii Mil «f tliia 
UuuHe (II. R. 124) making approprlatlotia for tbe postal nervine of tUe C«ii- 
fmlerate States for tbe year 1802 niul 1803, 

Tlie.v linve passed, with niuendnienis, n bill of this HoiiRe {II. It. 108) ti) 
nnieiid tbe laws relntiiig to tlie tax In kind; In which amendments 1 nni 
directed to ask tbe conturrence of this House. 



Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, under a sus- 
jjensiion of the rules, reported a bill "making additional appropria- 
tions for the support of the Government ; " which was read a first 
and second time. 

The question being on jjostiwuing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The House then resolved itself into Committee of the AVhole to 
consider the bill just reported, Mr. Garland in the chair; and having 
sjjent some time therein, the committee rose and reported, through 
their Chairman, that they had had the subject referred to them 
under consideration and had come to no conclusion thereon. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, . . 

The House adjourned. .t>03lc 



HODSE OF REPRESENTATIVE. 



The House being in secret session, 

The following messages were received from the Senate, by Mr. 
Nash, their Secretary : 

Mr. Spt-akcr: The Sennfe have passed- without nmendnient, n bill of this 
House (If. R. 133) ninkini; iipproprliitioiis for the redemptlun.of tlie seven per 
cent foreign lonn nuthorizcd liy not of Congress approved Janunry 29. 18(i3. 

ilr. Siteakvr: Tlie Senate Linve piissetl a bill (S. (t7) to organize a corps of 
^eoiitK and Kuardfl to fudlitnte eomuiunli'ation with the Trans- Mississippi De- 
partment ; in which tliey reijuest the coueurreuce of tbla House. 



ilr. .Speaker; The Senate have passed a bill (S. 65) to aid in the constnic- 
tlon of Iroiirlad gunboats for the defense of western and southern rivers; In 
whiil) I am directed to ask the eoneurrence of this House. 



The Chair laid before the House a bill of the Senate (S. 67) "to 
organize a corps of scouts and guai'ds to facilitate communication 
with the Trans -Mississippi Department;" which was read a fir.st and 
second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, the bill was read a third time and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

The Chair also laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 65) " to aid 
in the construction of ironclad gunboats for the defense of western 
and southern rivers; " which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, 

Mr, McMullin moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on 
yaval Affairs. 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Lyon, 

Resolved itself into open session. 

THIRTY-THIRD DAY— WEDNESDAY, June 8, 1864. 

OPEN SESdlON. 

On motion of Mr. Hartridge, leave of iibsence was granted his 
colleagues, Messrs. Ander.son and Echols, 

On motion of Mr. Goode, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Whitfield. 

Mr. A. H, Garland moved to postpone the consideration of the bill 
" making additional appropriations for the support of the Govern- 
ment." 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. A. H. Garland presented a correspondence between the Secre- 
tary of War and the Secretary of the Treasury; which was referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means, with instructions to report at 
an early day such a measure or measures as, in the judgment of such 
committee, will remedy the evils named in said correspondence. 

Mr. Funsten submitted the following resolution: 



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which was adopted. 

Mr. Montague submitted the following resolution: 

Reiolred, That tbe Coaiiulttee od Ways and Metiiia Inquire Into the esp«H- 

ency of increasing the i-oinpensutioii of the clerks in the civil and mllltary 

departnientB, and report by bill or othemiae ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. McMulhn submitted the following resolution ; 

Renolved. That the committee appointed to confer with the Postmaster- 
General on the subject of the distribution of the mall be requested to make 
au nrraugement with the Fost-Offlce Deiiartment to have tlie mall from this 
House received on the train froni the r>oorkee|)er and distributed and for- 
wanled promptly, and that the Duorkee|>er be Instructed to deliver the same 
to the mall agent on the train ; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of Frederick W. Hobbs, ask- 
ing indemnity for coupon bonds stolen by Yankee raiders; which was 
referred to the Committee on Claims, 

Mr. McMiiUin moved to rescind the resolution providing for a 
recess at 3 o'clock. 

Mr. Read moved to lay tlie motion on the table; which latter motion 
prevailed. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means Inquire Into the expe- 
dienej of autliorizlng tlie States to exchange tlieir Confederate Treasury notes 
of the old Issue for Treasury uotes of the new Issue in whole or In part ot par : 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A bill " to facilitate the settlement of the claims of deceased officers 
and soldiers; " 

which was read a first and secon<] time and referred to the Special 
Committee on Deceased Soldiers' Claims. 

Mr. Foster introduced 

A joint resolution " to allow sick and wounded officers of the Army 
transportation to their homes; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the joint resolution to 
be referred to a committee, 

Mr. Miles moved to amend the same by filling up the blank with 
the words " ninety days." 

The amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Holder moved to amend the joint resolution by inserting after 
the word " home " the words " and back to their commands." 

The amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Blandford submitted the following amendment: 

Strike out tlie words " after the passage of this resolution " and insert In 
lieu thereof the words "after the next meeting of Congress." 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j \jjyj(~~~~~ ~l a roi 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Baylor, Bell. Rbndford. Bradley, Branch, 

Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Clopton, Colyar, Cruik- 



Junes, 1894.1 HOUSE OF BEPRESENTATIVES. 181 

shank, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, 
A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, 
Holder, Hoiliday, Kenner, J. M. Leacli, J. T. Leaeh, Lyon, McCal- 
liun, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague. Moore, Morgan, Murray, 
Pugh, Eead, Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, 
Swan, Witherspoon, and fl'right. 

Nays: Conrad, Gholson, Heiskell, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, 
Machen, McMuIlin, and Shewmake. 

So the amendment was agreed to, 

Mr, E. M, Bruce submitted the following amendment: 

Add the following: "Tlmt till officers lu tbe naval nud uiljltary service shall 
be entitled to enter any bospltal and receive such treatment and rations as now 
provided by law free of charge." 

The amendment was agreed to. 
.Mr. Lamkin submitted the following amendment: 
Tfeat the pro visions of the foregoinc shall apply to all sick and wounded offi- 
cers who have heretofore received lejivesi of absence since the first day of May 
last, and that where they liiive funilKlied their own trans[)ortatlou the same 
sliall be refunded to them by the Government 

The amendment was lost. 

The joint resolution as amended was engrossed, read a third time, 
and passed. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved to amend the title by adding thereto the 
following, to wit : " and hospital accommodations." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Foster introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds ;' " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on M'ays and Means. 

Mr. Clopton moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
i-eport from the Committee on the Medical Department. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Pugh submitted the following resolution : 

Reiolvcd. That to tbe canii>eiisatlon now ullon-ed by law to the assistant ~ 
clerks of the House of Representatives there filiall be added fifty per cent for 
one year from the adoption of this resolution, to be paid out of the contingent 
fund of tbe House ; 
which was adopted. 

Mr. Bridgers, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing 
votes of the two Houses on the bill (S. 34) " to provide for the com- 
pensation of noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines 
on detailed service," submitted the following report: 

The committee of conference on the [mrt of the House of Representatives on 
the disagreeing votes of tbe two Houses on the blil (S. 34) to provide for tbe 
compensation of noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on 
detailed service, have niet tbe managers on the part of the Senate, and after full 
and free conference have agreed to recommend to tlieir res])ective Houses ns 
follows : 

That tbe Senate recede from its disagreement to tbe amendment of the House 
of Representatives and agree to the said amendment with the following amend- 
ments, viz: 

After "service," section 1, line 2, insert tbe words "or from tbe Navy or 
Marine Corps." 



182 JOURNAL OF THE [June 8, 18W. 

Strike out sections 2, 3, 4, and 5, and insert lu lieu tbereof the following : 

" Sec. 2. Tbat nil Bucb detacbed or detailed uiea Hhall be allowed iii addition 
not exceeding two dollnre i)er diiy, and coniiienxatiun for all extra work or for 
anj uncommon skill or industry displayed in tbe jierformnnce of duties to whl<?h 
tbey may be assigned. In |)roportlon to tbe value of such extra labor, or uncom- 
mon skill or industry, whether It be In i)erformlng an unusuni amount of work 
wltbin tbe usual hours of labor, or work ijerfonued beyond the usual hours, or 
extraordinary skill and superior workmanship displayed in tbe execution of 
Bucb dutleu, the value of said extra labor, or uncommon skill or inihistry. to be 
determined by tbe officer or sui>erlu ten dent under whose Immediate direction 
said detacbed or detailed service may be performed, subject to the approval of 
the Secretary of War or Navy. The additional coni[»eiisatlon provided In this 
section shall be the same for both the War and Navy Departments under certain 
rules to be prescriljed liy tbe Presldent- 

" Sec. 3. Tbat all noncommissioned officers, musicians, privates, sailors, or 
marines detailed to Government contractors shall be so detailed without pay 
and allowances, but shall be compensated for their services by wages received 
from said contractors under rules to be prescribed by the Secretary of War or 
the Navy." 

And tbat tbe House of Hepresenta lives recetle fnim their auiendracat to tbe 
title of the bill. • 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. R. BRIDGKRS, 
JOHN PERKINS. 
B'RED. W. M. HOLLIDAY. 
Managers on the purl of the Houiie of Itrprvnentatioes. 
CIIAS. B. MITCIIEI,. 
Manager on the part of (ftfi Srnatf. 

Mr. Lyon intrwluced 

A bill " in relation to the pay of clerks in the oiBce of the depos- 
itary;" 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Lyon moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be re- 
ferred to a committee. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was re- 
ferred to a committee. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution: 

Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on \\'ayH and Means to Inquire 
and report whether the salary of the Assistant Attorney -Genera I slwuld not 
be increased; 

which was adopted. 

Mr. Clopton submitted the following resolution: 

Kcsolved. That the fommlttee on Ways and .Means be Instructed to Inquire 
Into tbe propriety of increasing tbe salaries of the chiefs of bureaus, and that 
they report by bill or otlierwlse; 

which was adopted. 

The morning hour having expired. 

The House resumed the consideration of the special order, v?z : 

The bill to provide tjupplies for the Anny and to pnwcribe the mode 
of making impressments. 

Mr. A. H. Garland moved to lay the whole subject on the table. 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j \^JL ±a 



Coool. 



Jnne 8, ISM.l HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVES. 183 

Yeas: Aver, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Cruikshaiik, Dupre, 
Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Hartridge, Kenner, 
J. M. Leach, Lyon, Mor^n, Pugli, Shewmake, Swan, and Turner. 

Nays : Akin, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Con- 
rad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, Ghol- 
son, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, 
Johnston, L^nikin, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, 
Miles, Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Rogers, Simpson, 
Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Tripiett, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nasli, their Secre- 
tary ; whidi is as follows, viz : 

Ur. Speaker: The Senate have rejected a bill of thla House (H. R. ISB) ti» 
lucreaRe the compenaiitlon of llie uiwlatant clerka In the Senate and House ot 
I cepresentn tl vea. 

They have concurred in the onienUments or this House to the bill (S. 39) to 
ameDd the several acts in regard to chaiiloins. 

Tliey have passed, with auiendments, a iiiii of this Houne <n. R. 13S) to 
Increase the ooinpensiitlon of the heads of the several Executive Deportments 
and the Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasurj' : In which nnieudiuenta I 
nm directed to asii the concurrence of thin House. 



Mr, Blandford called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment. of Mr. Montague to the 
motion of Mr. E. M, Bruce to recommit the bill with instructions, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the motion to recommit. 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Conrad, by unanimous consent, withdi-ew his amendment to 
the amendment of Mr. McCallum. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. McCalhim, 

It was decided in the negative. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have agreed to the report of the t-oiuuilttee of cim- 
ference on the bill (8. 34) to provide for the compensation of iioacomtiiisaloned 
officers, soldiers, sailora, and marines on detailed ser\'k-e. 

They have passed, without umendnient. a hill of this House (II. It, 123) 
making appropriations for the support of the Oovernment of the Confederate 
States of America from July 1 to Decemlier rtl, 18ft4, and to supply a deflcleney. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved to recommit the bill to a special committee, 
to be coinposed of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means 
and (he Joint Committee on Impressments, without instructions, and 
demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not ordered. 

The motion to recommit was lost. 

Mr. Rogers submitted the following amendment to the first section : 

In line 14, after the word "thereof," Insert the following: "said value to he 
ascertained by local niipraisern In accordance with the provisions of the Inipreas- 
inent act, from whose appriiisenient tliere shall he no appeal." 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to amend the bill by striking out the first 
section; which reads as follows, viz: 

Every person required to pay a tax In kind under the provisions of the ".\ct 
to lay taxee for the common defense aud carry on the Government of tiie t>jn- 



184 JOUHNAL OF THE (June 8. 18C1. 

federate States," approved April twenty-fourtb, eighteen bundre^l and sixty- 
three, and the act amendatory thereof, ap|)roved February Heventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and Blxty-four, shall, in addition to the oue-teuth required by said 
acts to be paid ax a tux in kind, deliver to the Confederate Govern in eut. of the 
products of the present year and of the year eighteen hundred and slxty-flve, 
one other tenth of the several products taxed in kind by the acts aforeeald. 
which additional one-tenth shall be ascertained, asaes-sed, and collected In all 
lespectB as is provided by law for the said tax in kind, and shall be paid for on 
delivery by the post quartermasters In the several districts at the assessed 
value thereof: except the payment for cotton and tobacco shall be made by tbe 
agents of the Treasury Department appointed to receive the same. 

Mr. Bell called the question ; which was ordered. 
Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
\Vhich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ v„*^ to 

Yeas: Atkins, Ajer, Barksdale, Befl, Blandford, Branch, Bri(igers, 
Eli M, Bruce, Horatio AV. Bruce, Burnett, Cmikshank, Dupre, 
Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. K. fiarland, Hart- 
ridge, Hilton, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Ijcach, Lyon, Marshall, Miles, 
Moore, Morgan, Tugh, Rives, Rogers. Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, 
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Turner, Witherspoon, and 
Wright. 

Nays: Akin, Baylor, Bradley, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Col- 
yar, Conrad, Dickinson, Foote, Fnnsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, 
Goode, Hanly, Heiskell,' Hodge, Holder, Holliday, J. T. T^cach, 
Machen, McMullin, Menees, Montague, Murrav, Perkins, Simpson, 
Smith of North Carolina, Triplctt, \ iller^, and Mr. Speaker. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called 
the question ; which was ordered. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce demanded the yeas and nays; which were not 
ordered, and the motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr, Heiskell submitted the following amendment : 

Insert In Hen of the flrst section the same section with the words after the 
enacting clause down to the word " shall," in line <f. stricken out 

Mr. Sexton (in the chair pro tempore) entertained the amendment, 
which though substantially was not literally the same. 

Mr, Marshall appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, 

Shall the decision ot the Chair stand as the judgment of the House? 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Heiskell submitted the following amendment: 

In lieu of first section Insert same section with all after the ennctini; clause 
down ti) word " shall," In line 6, and all after word " thereof," in line 14, 
stricken out. 

The hour of 3 having arrived, 

The House took a recess until 8 o'clock; 

And having reassembled. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent ; which was read as follows, viz : 

Richmond, Va., June i, lS6i. 
Tn tfif HouKc ot ilrprcacntatirrg; 

In resiHinse to your resolution of the ".th nltlmo, I heren-lth transmit for 
your Information a communication from ttte Secretary of War relative to the 



IiiDe 8. 1S04.1 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 185 

"Holconihe I^gton of Sontb Cnroliun Voluntwrw" and to other " leglounry 
orgfluizatiiHiH " In the Provleloiml Army of tUe t'onfeilerRte Stiites. 

JEPFBKSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying diiciiments were refprred to 
the Committee on Military Affaii-s. 

A mes.sa^ was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

itr. Speaker: The 8«Datc have iiaesed a bill (S. 70) to amend nn act entitled 
"An act to aiiieud an net entitled 'An act to orRnnlze military courts to attend 
tbe Array of the Confederate States In the field, nnd to definethe powers of Hal<l 
(flurts,* " approved February 13, 18(H ; In which 1 am directed to ask the 
conenrrence of tbls House. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 70) " to amend an 
act entitled 'An act to amend an act entitled "An act to or^nize 
military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States m the 
field, and to define the powers of said courts,"' approved February 
thirteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

The Chair laid before the House 

A bill {H. R, 138) "to increa.se the compensation of the heads of 
the several Executive Departments and the As,sistnnt Secretary of 
War and the Treasury; " 

which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ments, viz : 

1. Insert in line 3. after the word "government," tbe words "aball for one 
year from the iMiRsage of this act be Increased to nine thousand dollars." 

2. Strike out. In line 5, the words " be IncreiiHed one hundred per cent " and 
Insert the words " to six thousand dollarv." 

3. Insert after "Treasury," in line 4, the words "of the Assistant Attorney- 
General." 

4. Insert after "Attornoy-flenernl." in lino 4, the words " and the (:omirtroll<»r 
of the Treasury." 

ii. Amend tbe title by adding thereto the woi'ds "and of the Assistant Attor- 
ney-General and tbe Comptroller of the Treasury." 

The question being on the first amendment of the Senate, 
Mr. Machen demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ ». " ,,, 

' ( >ays I'i 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Bradlev, 
Branch, Horatio W. Bruce. Chilton, Clopfon, Colyar, Cruikshanlt, 
Dickinson, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, R. K. 
Garland, Gholson, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hodge, Holder, Johnston, 
J. if. Leach, J. T. Leach, Machen, McMullin, Montague, Morgan, 
Perkins, Pugh, Read, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Single- 
ton, J. if. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Villerc, Welsh, 
Witherspoon, and Wright, 

Nays: Boyce, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Conrad, Foote, A. H, Gar- 
land, Goode, Ilolliday, Kenner, Lyon, Murray, and W. E. Smith. 

The second amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The question being on the third amendment, 



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Mr. Lyon moved to amend by inserting the words " and the Com- 
missioner of Patents." 

The amendment of Mr. Lyon was lost. 

Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which his amendment 
was los-t.' 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. Ilartridge submitted the following amendment : 

After the words "Comptrollor-Oenenil." in line 4. [niwrt tbe followlne ; " TImt 
the saliiries of tlie rlilefn of tiurenun Id tlie Executive Dcpnrtnioiits Ik' increased 
flftj' Iter cent for tlie i>erlo(l of one year from tlie iiassase of this act, tn Include 
tbe First, Second, and Third Auditors of the Treasury." 

Mr, Pugh demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Hnrtridge, 
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered, 
and the amendment of Mr. Hartridge was agreed to. 

The question being on the fourth amendment of the Senate, 
Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which'were ordered, 

And recorj«d a» follows, viz: ) x'ys:::::::::::::::::" 29 rsoi 

Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Barksdale. ti^ayhtr. Blnndford, Boyce, Brid- 
gers, Eli M. Bnice, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, 
Foote, Funsten, A. H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, 
Hartridge, Holder, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, Miles, Montague, Mur- 
ray, Pugh, Read, Russell, Simpson, Singleton, J. M, Smith, W, E. 
Smith, and Welsh. 

Nays: Aver, Bell, Clopton, Cruikshank, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, 
Foster, Fuller, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, 
Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McMullin, Menee:^, 
Moore, Perkins, Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Trip- 
lett, Turner, Villere, and Wright. 

So the amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The question being on the amendment of the Senate to the title, 

Mr. Hartridge moved to amend the amendment by adding thereto 
the words " and the Auditors of the Treasury." 

The amendment of Mr, Hartridge was agreed to, and the amend- 
ment of the Senate to the title as amended was agreed to. 

Mr, Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the fourth amend- 
ment of the Senate was agreed to. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Lyon moved to amend the fourth amendment of the Senate 
by adding the following, viz; "and the Commissioner of Patents." 

Mr. Fidler mo\-ed to amend the amendment of Mr. Lyon by add- 
ing the following, to wit: 



Mr. Moore rose to a point of order, viz : 

That the amendment of Mr, Fuller was not in order in so much 
that it proposed to amend a bill increasing the compensation of cer- 
tain cii'il officers by adding to the pay of the officers of the Army 
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The Chair sustained the point of order, from which decision Mr. 
Fuller appealed. 

The question being put, 

Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the 
House! 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr, Swan submitted the following amendment : 

Add the followliiK proviso : "Provided. That this Increased eom|)eii3at1on Hbnll 
iiot be given to chiefs of buroiius who have iiillltnrj' or iiavnl pay ""d rank." 

Mr. Read moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

The motion prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House 

A bill (H. R. 108) " to amend the laws relating to the tax in kind ; " 
which had been returned from the Senate with sundry amendments. 

The bill and amendments were referred to the Comiiuttee on Wiiys 
and Means, 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the first and second special orders were 
postponed. 

Mr. Lyon, nnder a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A bill " relating to the issuing of certificates of ifadebtedness by the 
Government of the Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being whether the bill lie postponed and put uj^n 
the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative, 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment: 

After the word "Indebtedness" insert " recelvablt' In imyiueiit of [mhlic 
taxes and other dues exce[rt imiiurt and esiiort d«tl<«." 

Pending which, 

Mr. Hilton moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Mr. Wright demanded the yeas and nays; 

A\Tuch were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < v„"^ 30 

Yeas; Akin, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Boyce, Bradley, 
Branch, Glopton, Dickinson, Ewing, Gholson, Goode, Hartridgc, 
Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston^ Kenner, J. M. I>iach, 
Lyon, Marshall, McMtiUin, Menees, Montague, Miirrav, Rns.sell, 
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Swan, 
Triplett, Turner, Vitlere, fl'itherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Blandford, Bridgers, Kh M. Bruce, Chilton, Colyar. Con- 
rad, Cruikshank, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Fnnsten, A. II. (Jar- 
land, R, K. Garland, Gilmer, llolder, Keeble, J. T. Ijeach, ilachen, 
McCallum, Miles, Moore, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Sexton, Shcw- 
make, Singleton, Welsh, and Wright. 

So the motion prevailed, and 

The Speaker announced that the House stood iuljounied until 11 
o'clock to-morrow. 



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THIRTY-FOURTH DAY— THURSDAY, June 9, 1804. 

OPEN HEHHION. 

The House met pjirsuant to adjoiirmnent, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Read. 

On motion of Mr. Blandford, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Akin. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker: Tlie President of the Confederate States having returned to 
the Senute tbe bllt (S. 24) entitled "An act to authorize the appotntment of 
additional officers of artillery for ordnance duties," with his objections to tlie 
enme, the Senate proceeded to retxiHslder tlie iilll ; and ' 

Remived, That the bill do not pass, two-thirds of tlie t^enate not agreeing 
tliereto. 

The President of the Confederate Stnteti having returned to tlie Senate the 
Joint resolution (S. T) In regiird to the exemption of editors and employees 
of newspdiwrs, with Itis objections to the same, the Senate proceeded to 
reconsider the Joint resolution ; and 

Reaolvetl, That the Joint resolution do nut pass, two.thlrds of the Senate not 
aicreelng thereto : 

I am direetwl liy the Senate to (Hnnmunlcate tlie said bill and Joint reeolu- 
tion, the message of the President returning the same to the Senate with hia 
objections, and the proceedings of the Senate thereon, to the House of R^re- 
sentatlves. 

Mr. Foote moved to postjMjne the pending matter before the House 
under a suspension of tne rules. 

The motion was lost. 

The House resumed the consideration of the bill " relating to the 
issuing of certificates of indebtedness by the Government of the Con- 
federate States." 

The following mes.sago was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, a Joint resolution 
(H. R. 11) of thanks to Maj. Gen. Rletiard Taylor and the officers and men 
of his command. 

They have concurred in the amendment of this ITouRe to the hill <S. 59) to 
authorize the owners of the roistered eight per cent ten-year convertible bondu 
Issued tinder the provisions of tlie aft approved May IG, 1801, to exchange the 
luimc for coupon bonds. 

Mr. Foster submitted the following aniemlinent to the amendment 
of Mr. Smith of North Carolina : 

Strike out the same and Insert in lieu thereof the following: "Such eertlfl- 
cates may, at the pleasure of the holder, be converted at ptir Into six per cent 
bonds, provided for In the sixth section of an act entitled "An u<t to reduce the 
currency and to autliorizo a new Issue of notes and bonds,' approved seventeenth 
February, eighteen hun<li'ed and sixty-four." 

The following message was received from the President, by Mr. 
Burton N. Harrison, his Private Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker: On the 7th instant the President approved and signed the fol- 
lowing acts; 

H. R. 02. An act to amend the act approved February 17. ISfW. entitled "An 
act to ajlow eomniissioned ofHcers of the Army rHtions and tlie prlvll<«e of 
purchasing clothing from the Quartermaster'a Department;" 



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H. R. 119. An act to amend so mucb of an att entitled "An act to organize 
foreea to serve during the war," approved February 17. ISftl, as relates to the 
exemption ot certain religions iienomluatlou» : and 

H. R. 140. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate tbe supplies 
of olotblng to enlisted men of the Navy during the war," approved Aiirll 30, 
1863. 

Very respectfully, 

EicHUOND, Va., June 9, 186i. 

Mr. Swan, from a special committee, submitted a verbal report, 
Mr. Singleton called tlie question ; which was ordered. 
The Question being on the amendment of Mr. Foster to the amend- 
ment or Mr. Smith of North Carolina, 
Mr. Marshall called for the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 
And recorded as follows, viz: t J®*^ ^ t^l 

Yeas : Anderson, Chambers, Dupre, Elliott, Foote, Foster, Gaither, 
A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Hilton, Marshall, McCallum. McMul- 
lin, Menees, Pugh, Bead, Rogers, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Swan, Triplett, Welsh, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Iloratio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
CruLtshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsteii, Gholson, 
Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Holder, HoUiday, Johnston, 
Kenner, J, M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Machen, Miles, Montague, 
Murray, Perkins, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, 
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Viller^, and Wright. 

So the amendment to the amendment was lost. 

Mr. Foote submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of Mr. Smith of North Carolina : 

Provided, That the creditor of the Government sliall W allowed ti> receive 
Treasury notes, at his option. In lieu of tbe certiflcules of Indebtedness herein 
provided for. 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Swan moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 
Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 27 

And recorded as follows, viz: -^ j^Tjj "" ' '" ,q 

Yeas: Ayer, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Clopton, Cruikshank, 
Dupre, Elliott, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Goode, Hartridge, Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Ijeaeh, Marshall, 
McMuUin, Ptigh, Bead, Rogers, Shewmake, J, M. Smith, Swan, and 
Wright. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Bradley, Eli M, Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Ewing, Far- 
row, Foote, Funsten, Gholson, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, 
Kenner, lo'on, Machen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Montague, Murray, 
Perkins, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion was lost. 



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The question recurring on the amendment of Mr, Smith of North 
Carolina, 

Mr. Lyon demanded the yeas and nays; 
"WTiich Tvere ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j v ' 'm 

Yeas: Anderson, Aver, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Clopton, 
Cniikshank, Dupre, toote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge., Lamkin, J, M. Ijeach, 
J. T. Leach, Marshall, McMullin, Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Read. 
Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, AV. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Swan, Witherspoon, and Wright, 

Nays : Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Bradley, EH M. Bnice, Horatio W, 
Bruce, Chilton, C-olyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, 
Funst«n, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Kenner, Lyon, Machen. 
McCallum, Menees, Miles, Montague, Rives, Sexton, Simpson, Single- 
ton, Triplett, and Villere. 

So the amendment was lost, 

Mr, Conrad moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table, 

Mr. Foote demanded tlie yeas and nays thereon ; 

■ttHiich were ordered, 



And recorded as follows, viz : j i^ 



Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Blandford. Bradley, Eli M. Bnice, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrnd. 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dnpn". Elliott, Ewing, Foster. Fuller, Fun- 
sten, Gaither, A. H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Goode, Hartridge. Holli- 
day, Koeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Machen, Marshall, McMullin, 
Miles, Morgan, Piigh, Read, Rogers, Rnssell, Shewmake, Simpson. 
J. M. Smith, Swan, Triplett, and Wright. 

Nays: Atkins, Barksdale, Bridgers, Farrow, Foote, Gholson, Gil- 
mer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Kenner, Lyon, McCallum, Mcnee-. 
Montague, Perkins, Rives, Sexton, Singleton, W. E, Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

So the bill was laid upon the table, 

Mr, Foster moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr. McMullin moved that when the House adjourns to-day it 
adjourn to meet to-morrow at 10 o'clock. 

The motion prevailed, 

Mr. Miles moved that the House do now adjourn, 

Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

AVTiich were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■< -w^,,' " ,7 tjot 

Yeas: Burnett, Dupre, Farrow, Gholson, (loode, Hartridge, Kenner, 
Marshall, McMullin, Miles, Montague, Simpson, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, 
Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Foote, Foster, Fuller. Funsten, Gaither, A. H. 
Garland. R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, HolHday, 
Keeble, Lamkin, .T. M. Tjeach, J. T. Leach. McCallum. Menees, Mor- 
gan, Perkins, I'ugh, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Sin- 



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floton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, 
riplett, Villerc, antl Wright. 
So the House refused fo B<^ourn. 

Ml". Smith of North Carobna moved to postpone the next special 
order. 
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
WHiich Tvere ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:-j w^™ 25 

Yeas; Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Chilton, 
Clopton, Cruik^ank. Dickinson, Diinr^, Farrow. Foote, Foster, Ful- 
ler, Gaither, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Hartridge, Heiskell, J. M. Ijtsach, 
J. T. Ijeach, Miles, Morgan, Pngh, Rives, Sexton, Shewmake, Single- 
ton, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Villere, Wither- 
Kpooii, and Wright, 

Xays: Bradley, Horatio W, Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Colyar, 
Conrad, A. H. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hilton, Holliday, Keeble, 
Kenner, Marsliall, MeCallum, Menees, Montague, Murray, Perkins, 
Rogers, Russell,SimpHon, J. M. Smith, Staples, and Triplett. 

So the motion to postpone the special order prevailed. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to suspend the rules. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Conrad moved to suspend the rules, to enable him to offer a 
resolution, and demanded tne yeas and nnys thereon; which were 
not ordered, and the motion to suspend the rules was lost. 

The hour of 3 o'clock having arrived, 

The House took a recess till 8 o'clock ; 

And having reassembled, 

The Chair laid before the House a commimication from the Presi- 
dent ; which M'as read as follows, viz : 

IticiluoND. Va., June S, M(i'^. 
7o the House ot ReprewtitatUeg: 

In response to'a resolution ot the nouse nf Iloiin'ru'iitiUivi's of Jiimmi'.v ^~^, 
18<»i. I lierewlth trunsiiilt for your liifnnimticHi n (iiniiiiiiiiiciitioii from tile Sec- 
rettiry of Wnr covering a copy of tbe jircu'eeiliugs of tlie tourt of Inquiry relutive 
to the capture of New Orleans. 

JEFFERSON D.VVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were rcfem'd to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The Chair also laid before the House another comnmnicatioii from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

RtciiuoND, Va.. June S, IHIHi. 
Til the Senate and Boase of Representatives: 

I ber^n'Ith transuilt ii t-oiuuiuiilciitlon from tlio Secretary of War, coveriiiB 
.■'ipiPH of additional rejKirts of military ojieratlons during tlie yeiir ISIKl. 

It Is suRgested that these iwipcrB are Intendwl to l>e ub«1 fur the iuforniallou 
of the meraberB of CongresB, and that their publication nt this time in oiiisia- 
ered uiiadvleable. 

JEFFERROX I>.\VIR. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Aifairs. 
On motion of Mr. Lyon", the first special order was postponed. 
Mr. Lyon moved to postpone the second special order. 



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192 JOURNAIj of the IJom 8, 1864. 

Mr, A. H, Garland moved the indefinite postponement of the second 
special order, viz : 

A bill for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the 
appointment of officers in said bureau. 

The motion prevailed. 

The Chair laid before the House 

A bill " to amend (he tax laws; " 
which bad been returned from the Senate with sundry amendments. 

The bill and amendments were referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Scunte bave pnsse<3. n-Itli nEuciidmeiitR. a bill of tbis Houee 
<H. R. 107) to amend the ttix laws: in wLk-li iimendments I am directed to 
e of thlM Hoiwe. 



Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the special order, 
viz: 

A bill for tbe organization of the bureau of conscription and the 
appointment of officers in said bureau, 
was indefinitely postponed. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to postpone the consideration of the bill until 
the bill "to amend the. laws relating to the tax in kind" was disposed of. 

Mr. Foote moved to lay o'" the table the motion of Mr. Miles to 
reconsider the vote by which the second special order was indefinitely 
postponed. 

Mr. Miles demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ '^^^'.""'""Sllll"""/.' 30 

Yeas; Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Bridgers, Chilton, Clopton, 
Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank. Dickinson, Diipre, Elliott, Foote, Fos- 
ter, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, K. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, 
Hartridge, Heiskell, Hodge, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, I^yon, 
Machen, McMullin, Menees, Morgan, Murrav, Orr. Sexton, Shew- 
inake, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, 
Witherspooii, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. 
Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, De Jamette, Ewing. Farrow, Funsten, 
Gholson, Hilton, Holder, Hollidav, Johnston, McCallum, Mile^. 
Montague. Moore, Perkins, Pugh. ftogers, Rus.sell, Simpson, Single- 
Ion, J. M. Smith, Staples, and Villere. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Chambers, the next special order was postponed. 

Mr, Lyon, under a suspension of the rules, from the Committee 
on Wavs and Means, to whom had l>een referred 

A bill "to increase the compensation of the heads of the several 
Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War and the 
Treasury." 

reported back the same to the House, with the recommendation that 
it do pass with the following amendment to the amendments of the 
Senate, as follows, viz: 

.\fter (lie words " bIk tLouBnnd doUnrs," in the fifth line, liiwrt the words 
'•and the thief officer of every Government bureau Jn the city of Rlchnioad, 



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lucludlng tbe ConunlBHlmier of Pateots, Coniinlasioner of iDdian Affairs, uud 
Fint, Second, and Third Auditors, to five thousand dollara per annum, payable 
aa now provided by law : Frovideil, however, That no officer balding a cummls- 
tiion In tbe mllltarf or naval service shall be entitled to the beneflts of tbis act. 
And that the salary of all clerks and employees In tbe various departments 
lomted In tbe city of Rlcbmond be increased flfty per cent, and at all otber 
points throughout the Confederate States twcnty-flve per cent : ProvMed. That 
clerks detailed from the Army or Navy shall not be entitled to the beoeflts of 
this act." 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr'. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

ilr. Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, bill and a joint 
resolution of this House of the following titles, viz : 

H. R. 15(X An act concerning the salary of the Treasurer ; and 

H. R. 13. Joint resolution to allow nick and wounded officers of the Army 
tmnaportatlon to their homes, and hospital accommodations. 

They have passed, with amendments, bills of tills House of the following 
titles, viz: 

H. It. l]2. An act to amend an act to organise forces to serve during the 
war, approved Fchruary 17, 18«4 ; and 

H. R. 153. An act to amend an act entitled "An act for the relief of taxpayers 
Id certain cases." approved ITebruary 13. 1864. 

They have passed bills of the following titles, vlzi 

8. 75. An act to Increase the salary of the CommlsBloner of Indian Affairs; 

S. Ttt. An act to authorize the appointment of additional officers of artillery 
lor ordnance duties. 
In which bills and amendments I am directed to ask the concurrence of this 

Mr. McMuUin moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Lyon by 
striking out the words " fifty per cent " and inserting in lieu thereof 
■• twenty-five per cent," and by striking out the words, in the latter 
part of the section, " twenty-five per cent " and inserting in iieu 
thereof " twelve and a half per cent." 

Mr. Barksdale called the question; which was ordered, and the 
amendment of Mr. McMullin was loHt. 

Mr, Holliday submitted the following as a substitute for the 
amendment of the Committee on Ways and Means, viz ; 

That the employees In the several Departments of the Government be allowed 
the same ration, pay, allowances, and comi)ensatiou as the detailed men in the 

The amendment was lost. 

The amendment of the committee was agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon moved to amend the title by adding thereto the words 
" and of the officers therein named." 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to amend the laws relating to the tax in kind ; " 
which had been returned from the ^nate with the following amend- 
ments, viz: 

1. Strike out, In section 1. lines 1 and 2. the words " That the above recited 
act be, and the same Is hereby, amended as follows : " and Insert in lieu thereof 
Ibe words " That tbe act approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four, entitled 'An act to amend an net entitled "An act to lay tases for 
the common defenwe and carry on the Oovemment of tbe Confederate Statea," 
approved April t\venty-foui-th. eighteen hundred and sixty-three,' be, and the 
same is hereby, amended as follows : '' 

2. Add the following Independent section : 

" That tbe account of slaughtered b<«s required by the first section of said 

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194 JOUBNAL OF THE (June*, 1B64. 

act sball be rendered on or abont tbe flrat day of March, etgbteen bnndred and 
sixty-five and eighteen hundred and alxty-slx. for each year preceding said 
date." 

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported 
■ A bill " in relation to the pay of clerks in the office of the deposi- 
tary," 

with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amend- 
ment, viz: 

Sec 2. Where the asslatant treasurer or depositary la also tbe collector of 
a port, tbe officers of the custoiue employed by him as clerks in the olHce of the 
d^ositary or assistant treasurer shall recelTC the compensation apeciOed In 
the above section Instead of the pay now given tlieni by law as ofHcere of tbe 
customs: Provided, That the deputy collector, when employed as a clerk In 
the office of tbe depositary .or assistant treasurer, shall receive not less than 
twenty-five hundred dollars per annum. 

The question being upon agreeing to the amendment of the com- 
mittee, 

It was decided in the affirmative, and the bill as amended was 
engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title was read and 
agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported and recommended 
the passage of 

A joint resolution " explanatory of the act to increase the compensa- 
tion of certain civil officers and employees in the President's office 
and in the executive and legislative departments at Richmond for a 
limited period ; " 
which was read first and second times. 

And tbe question being put. 

Shall the joint resolution be postponed and placed on the Calendar i 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Hilton moved to amend the joint resolution by adding at the 
end thereof the words " and the clerk of the court of commiBsioners 
under the sequestration act." 

The amendment was agreed to, and the joint resolution as amended 
was engrossed and read a third time. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the vote of the House ordering the joint 
resolution to be engrossed for a third reading was reconsidered. 

Mr. Lyon moved further to amend the same by adding thereto the 
following words, to wit : 

1 he iwld to any such clerk shall not exceed three 

The amendment was agreed tOj and the joint resolution as amended 
was engrossed and read a third tune. 

Mr. Perkins moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

The question recurring on the passage of the joint resolution, 

Mr. J. T. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered, 

And are recorded as follows, to wit : j t^^' of 

Yeas : Atkins, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, 
Chilton, Conrad, Dickinson, Dupr^, Foote, Funsten, A. H. Garland, 



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R. K. Garland, Gholson, Giliner, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, 
Kenner, J. T, Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Miles, Montngiie, Moore, 
Morgan, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, W. E. Smith, Staples, and Mr. 

Nays: Anderson, Blandford, Burnett, Chambers, Clopton, Cruik- 
shank, Elliott, Farrow, Fuller, Holder, Marshall, McMullin. Mur- 
ray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Viller^, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

So the joint resolution was passed, and the title was read and 
agreed to. 

A message was received from the Senate, hy Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that body; whifih is as follows, to wit: 

J/r. Speaker: The Senate have passed, witbout nmendiuent, a bill of this 
Iltiuse of the following title, viz : 

H. II. 148. A hill to raise money to Increase the pay of soldiers. 

Thej hnve paaeed a bill of the following title. v\z : 

S. 77. An act to amend an act entitled "An art to redu<« the currency and 
to authorize a new Issne of notes and bonds," approved February 17, 1864. 

[n which 1 am directed to ask the concurrence of this Ilouxe. 

Mr, Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly enrolled 

S. 34. An act to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned 
officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service; 

S. 38, An act for the payment of commissioners appointed under 
the act entitled "An act to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas 
corpus in certain cases," and to confer certain powers upon said com- 
missioners ; 

H. R. 124. An act making appropriations for the postal service of 
the Confederate States for the year 1862 and 1863; 

H. R. 106. An act to increase the compensation of the noncommis- 
sioned officers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States; 
and 

H. R. 134. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to establish a 
niter and mining bureau," approved April 22, 1863. 

And the Speaker signed trie same. 

Mr. Conrad, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported and 
recommended the passage of 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,' approved February sev- 
enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;" 
which was read first and second times. 

Mr. Rogers moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House an act (S. 77) "to amend an act 
entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of 
notes and bonds,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four; " which was read first and second times and referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. J. T, Leach, 

The House adjourned until 10 o'clock a. ni. to-morrow. 



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THIRTY-FIFTH DAY— FRIDAY, June 10, 1864. 

OPEN 8B88ION. 

The ChBir laid before the House 

A bill (II. K. 153) " to amend an act entitled 'An act for the relief 
of taxpayers in certain cases,' approved February thirteenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four; " 

which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ment : 

After the word " and," in line 3, Iniwrt " the lime fixed by law for," 

The amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The Chair also laid before the House 

A bill (H, R. 112) "to amend an net to organize forces to serve 
during the war, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four; " 

which had been returned from the Senatw with the following amend- 
ment: 

strike out, in line 17, " Secretary of War " and Insert " general commanding 
the dqwrtment" 

The amendment was concurred in. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 75) " to increase 
the salary of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs; " which was read 
a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred to 
a committee, 

On motion of Mr, McMuUin, its consideration was postponed for 
thepresent. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill {S. 76) " to authorize 
the appointment of additional officers of artillery for ordnance 
duties; '' 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended rec|uiring it to l>e referred to a 
committee, the biU was read a third time and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

On motion oi Mr. Perkins, the pending matter before the House, 
viz: 

A bill to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the currency and 
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved 17th Febni- 
arv, 1864, was postponed. 

Mr. Perkins, under a suspension of the rules, reported back from 
ihe Committee on Commerce a Senate bill (S. 20) *' to establish a 
bureau of foreign supplies," with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and putting it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. J. T. I^each moved the previous question. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Marshall submitted the following amendment: 

In section T, strike out the wonte " That the snld bnrenu ahnl! consist of one 
colonel Hnd one lleutennnt-colonol. with Ihe jirty nnd nllownnces of olllcers of 
nrtiilery of the same grades," and Insert iu lieu thereof the following, vk: 



HOtrSE OF REPEBSBNTATIVBS. 



The amendment was agreed to. 

The following message was received from tlie Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate hnve pneaed a bill (S. 78) reltitlug to the tsRulng of 
pprtifli^tes of indehtednesw liy the Oovernuient nt the Confederate Slnten: In 
n-hlch 1 am dlre^ed to auk the concurrence of thin House. 

Mr. Dupr^ moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
of Mr. Marshall was agreed to. 

The motion to reconsider prevailed, and the amendment of Mr. 
Marshall was lost. 

Mr. Kenner submitted the following amendment; which was 
agreed to: 

Add at end. of section 10 the followlni:: "Provided, That in all foreign coun- 
tries where Confederate agentn for purchasing or shipping munitions of war or 
supplies are established, said agents shall t>e employed by said agency to pur- 
chase and ship munitions or supplies." 

Mr. Kenner s\ibmitted the following amendments; which were 
agreed to: 
Section 13, line 4, after the word " prescribe," Insert the word " uniform." 
Add to section 13 "which sultl rules end reKulntlons shall be made public in 
one or more newspapers In the several States west of the Mississippi River, 
specifying the terms and conditions upon which cotton and other produce may be 
transpiirte<l to said depots and aenports, nnd any person complying with the 
same shall be entitled to transport his cotton and other |)roduce to said depots 
nnd other seaports." 

Mr. Diipre submitted the following amendment: 
■ strike out all in section 14 after the word " river," which reads as follows, 
vis: "And the operations and transactions of said bureau, established as afore- 
tuiid. not Inconsistent with the provisions of this act, are hereby ratlfled and 
conflnneil." and Insert in lieu thereof the following, viz: "And said 'Cotton 
Bureau ' nnd ail other agents antliorlzeil to purchase or collect cotton for the 
novernnient In the Trans-Misslsnipjil I>epartment shall deliver to said agency 
aU cotton and other property under Iheir control belonging to the Government, 
and Kliall occonnt to and make complete settlements with said agency, without 

The amendment was agreed to. 

The bill was read the third time, and the question recurring on its 
paK.sage, 

Mr, Marshall demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < jj- ' -j rg-i 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, 
Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bri<^rsj Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Clopton, 
Colyar, Conrad, De Jamette, Dickinson, Dupr4, Elliott, Ewing, Far- 
row, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, 
Goode. Hanlv, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Johnston, Kenner, 
Lamkin, J. 1". Leach, Lyon. Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, 
Miles, Moore, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Roj^rs, Russell, 
Sexton, Simpson, Singleton. Smith of North Carolina, Tripleft, Vil- 
lerfij Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Chilton, Cniikshank, Faster, Gilmer, J. M. Leach, Marshall, 
Shewmake, and J. M. Smith. 

So the bill was passed. nzcduGoOQlc 



198 JOURNAL OF THE [June 10, 1864. 

Mr, Sexton moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
tjiiestion ; which was ordered, and the motion to reconsider was lost. 

The title of the hill was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina presented joint reBoIutions of the 
legislature of North Carolina relating to the importation of articles 
from abroad by the State; which were laid upon the table and 
ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Fuller and Mr. Gilmer presented similar joint resolutions; 
which were laid upon the table. 

On motion of Mr, Lyon, the bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act 
to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and 
bonds,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four," was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Conrad, ttom the Committee on Ways and Means [sicj. 

The question being on postponing the bill and putting it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Colyar demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring on its 



Mr. Hanly demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: < ««„„ 



Yeas: Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, 
Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Burtiett, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
De Jarnette, !• arrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, HoUiday, Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T, 
Leach, McMullin, Miles, Montague, Moore, Rives, Russell, Shewmake^ 
Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Staples, Triplett, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Atkins, Boyce, Chambers. Chilton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Ewing, Foster, R. K. Garland, Hanlv, Hartridge, Heiskell, 
Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, Lyon, Maclien, Marshall, MeCal- 
lum, Menees, Morgan, Perkins, Pugt, Rogers, Sexton, Simpson, Vil- 
lere, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Colyar moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
question; which was ordered, and the motion to reconsider was lost. 

Hon. John B. Clark, member from Missouri, appeared, was sworn 
to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took his 
seat in the House. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported the 
following resolution : 

Resolred by the House of Representativeg. That the solary of the Etoor- 
keeper of tbe House be liicreaaeil twenty-flve fier oeiit, mid tliat of his nswlnt- 
nntH fifty pet cent, rrom nnd after the pa»iage of this reHolutlon. and that the 
dame W paid out of the eontlngent expenBes of ihe House of RepreRentatlvce. 

Mr, McMullin demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j ■,,. ~ ?j 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Burnett, Chnmbers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, (>uik- 



June 10, 18e4.] HOUSE OF REPBEBENTATIVES. 199 

shank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Ewing. Farrow, Foote, Foster, Ful- 
ler, Funsten, Gaither, A. H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, 
Hanly, Hartridge, Johnston, Keeble, Keniier, Lamkin, Lyon, Machen, 
McCallum, Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Pueh, Rires, Rogers, 
Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. K Smith, Triplett, 
Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Dupre, Gholson, Heiskell, Hilton, J. T, Leach, 
McMullin, Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, and Viller6. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported the following reso- 
lution : 

Retolved. Tbat tbe pay of tbe Speaker's page of tbls House be Increaeed tor 
one year trom the commeDcement of the present CoDgresB fifty per cent to tbe 
amount now allowed by law. 

The resolution was adopted. 

Mr, Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill (H. R. 107) " to amend the tax laws," 
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ments: 

I. Section 1, line 19, strike OQt '" after " and Insert " of." 

H. Section 1, line 26, strllce out " amount " and Insert " value." 

III. Section 1, line 28, after " certificates." Insert " therefor." 

IV. Section 1, line 30. after "as," Insert "other." 

V. Section 1, line 31. at end of paragraph 1, add " Provided. Tbat no credit 
Bbalt be allowed beyond five per cent." 

VI. Section 1, line 34, after " any," strike out all down to and Including 
" not," In line 38, and Insert " railroad or canal company, or in any Incorporated 
huDk, banking company, or ^^soclatlon." 

VII. Section 1, line 4S, strike out "after " and Insert "of tbe." 

VIII. Section 2, line 5, after " slaves," Insert " catton. tobacco." 

IX. Section 2, line 14, strike out "actual cost to the present holder" and 
Insert " market value on tbe seventeenth day of February, In tbe year eighteen 
bundred and sliity-four." 

X. Insert at end of section 2 " Provided {uriker. Tbat all property witbin tbe 
enemy's lines be. and tbe same Is hereby, exempted from all taxation so long as 
it remains In tbe enemy's lines." 

XI. Strike out all of paragraph 1. section 3. and insert In lieu thereof " Upon 
all gold and sliver coin, estimated at par. and upon all gold dust and ko1<1 and 
silver bullion, estimated at its value in specie, unless purchased since tbe 
first day of January, eighteen hundred and ality-two, and then estimated 
at tbe actual cost In Confederate Treasury notes, ten per cent, except wlieif 
the same has already been included in the tax on shares or other intt>rpsts, 
under the provisions of the Qrst section of this act, and in that caxe, on the 
amount thus Included, estimated at Its specie value, there shall be levied a tax 
of five per cent: Provided. That nothing herein contalne^l sbiill be so construed 
as to tax specie required by tbe provisions of Its charter to be held and kept 
on band by any bank; and upon all moneys held abroad, or bills of exchanse 
drawn therefor, and all promissory notes, rights, credits, and securities, pay- 
able In foreign countries, Bve per cent upon tbe value thereof In Confedernte 
Treasury notes on the seventeenth day of February. In the year eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four, at the place where the tax thereon Is payable, except that 
where the same Is Included In the tax on shares or other interests, imposed by 
the first section of this act, then and In tbat case there shall be deducted front 
the tax assessed thereon, according to the value of eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four, as aforesaid, a sum equivalent to five per cent on tbe specie value of said 
moneys held abroad, or bills of exchange drawn therefor, and promissory notes, 
rights, credits, and securities payable In foreign countries : ProTHdeil, That all 
the taxes imixised under the provisions of this act sball be payable In Con- 
federate Treasury notes, as prescribed by law, or four per cent bonds or certl- 
hcates therefor, authorized by tbe act of February seveuteeuth, eigbteen huu- 



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dred anil sixty-four, to rednce the (.■urrenoy and to iiutborize a new Issue of 
notnt mid t>ondH." 

XII. Section 3. line 21, strike out "and Confederate bonds." 

XIII. Section 3, paragraph 2, strike out the provlHo. 

XIV. Section 3, add as paragrflpb .t the fotlowlnKi "On tbe value of all 
shares or other Interests in any navigation. Importing, exporting, insurance, 
manufacturing, tel^raph. express, and dry dock companies, and all other Joint 
stock companieB of every kind, whether Incorporated or not, except auch as «ri! 
herein otherwise provided for. estimated at their market value In Confederate 
Treasury notes, on the seventeenth day of Felimary. eighteen hundred and 
filxty-four. In the neighborhood where assessed, five per cent, to he paid by the 
company. And no other tax shall be imposed under this act on any property of 
such company represented by tbe valuation of such shares or other interests, 
as directed in the second section of this act, except the tax Imposed In the first 
parflgroph of this section." 

XV. Section 5, line 1, strike out "paragraph sixth, section four," and Insert 
" section sixteen." 

XVI. Section 5, strike out after the word "so," In line 5, all down to the 
word " as." In line 9. 

XVII. Sectloirs. line 14. Insert after " law " the words " tmnds issued Uy any 
State and." 

XIX. Section 5, line 28, after "defoult." add the following proviso: "Pro- 
vided, That such person shall not be deemed and held to be in default who may 
fall, or has failed, to make payment or due returns In consequence of the 
presence or Interference of the enemy, or tbe attsence or neglect of the officers 
charged with tbe assessment and collection of taxes." 

XX. Section 6, line 5. after " family," insert '" and to carry on hla ordinary 
UnslQess." 

XXI. Section 7, line 5, strike out " fifty " and Insert " twenty." 

XXII. Add as section 8: "That on all Treasury notes of the old Issue, of 
the denomination of Ave dollam. not exchanged for new issue prior to first day . 
of January, eighteen hundred and slxty-flve. nud which may remain outstand- 
ing on that day. a tax of one hundred per cent Is terehy imposed." 

XXIII. Add as section 9: "That section seven of an act entitled 'An act to 
levy additional taxes for the common defense and snpport of tbe Government.' 
approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, he. and the 
same is hereby, repealed," and the following inserted in lieu thereof: 

" I. That the first section of the act to lay taxes for the common defease and 
to carry on tbe Government of the Confederate States, approved April twenty- 
fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-tiiree. Is susiwnded for the year eighteen 
hundred and si sty -four. 

"II, In all ciises where a tax Is levied on Income derived from property, real, 
personal, and mixed, of every description, on the anionnt or value of which an 
ad valorem tax Is laid, the ad valorem tax shall be deducted from the Income 
tax: Pmvided, That la no case shall less be paid than the nd valorem tax. 

"III. In the assessment of Income derived from manufacturing or mining 
there shall be deducted from the gross Income or profits the necessary annua] 
repairs, not exceeding ten per cent on the amount of the income derived there- 
from, and In addition to the deductions now allowed by law in the assessment 
of Income derived from any source, tlie following shall be made, namely : The 
Confederate taxes actually paid by ttie owner on sales made by him, and the 
com^i.^lons actually paid by tite consignor or shipi>er for selling, and tn the 
proi*' ciion of pig metal or pig Iron the cost of fuel In smelting." 

XXIV. Add as section 10: "That all citizens of any one of the Confederate 
States temporarily residing In another State shall 1>e liable to be asseased and 
ta^ed In tlie State or district In wbich he may temporarily reside, and it shall 
be the duty of all snch who have not heretofore made return of their taxable 
pii)perty to tlie district assessor where they may temporarily reside wlthtn 
thLty days after tbe passage of this act to make such return, and any one 
llaole to he assessed and taxed as aforesaid who shall fall or refuse within tbe 
said period of thirty days to make such return sbnii t>e liable to ail the pains 
and penalties Imposed by the laws of the Confederate States In such case." 

The first, second, third, fourth, and fifth amendments of the Senate 
were concurred io. 



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lone 10, 1864.1 HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVE8. 201 

The question reciiiriiig on the sixth amendment of the Senate, 

Mr. Colyar submitted the following amendment to the amendment 

of the Senate : 

Add tbereto tbe words : " That tbe amendment of the Senate be bo ameaded 

tbat banks, railroads, canals, and all otber corporations be taxed alike, to 

wit, fl»e per cent on tbe valoe of their pri^wrty or assets on the seventeenth 

day of Febmary, eighteen hondred and slity-fonr." 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] >t^ oq 

Yeas: Atkins, Ayer, Bavlor, Blandford, Bradley, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Burnett, Clopton, Colyar, De Jamette, Dupr4, Elliott, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foote, Foster, A. H. Garland, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton, 
Holder, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T, Leach, Marshall, 
McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, 
Pugh, Read, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, Turner, Witherspoon, 
and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Barksdale, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, 
Chambers, Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshanlt, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, 
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Johnston, Lyon, Miles, Mon- 
tague, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, and Triplett. 

So the amendment of Mr. Colyar was agreed to. 

Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

The motion was lost. 

The amendment of the Senate, as amended, was concurred in. 

The question recurring on the eighth amendment of the Senate, 

Mr. Montague submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of the ^nate : 

Add tbe following proviso ; "Provided. Tbat where slaves have been purchased 
since tbe flrst of January, eighteen hundred and alxty-two. to supply the places 
of those who have escaped to the eaemy, and for tbe own use of the purchaser, 
then sucb slaves shall be assessed and taxed according to their value In 
eighteen hundred and sixty." 

The amendment was lost. 

The eighth amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The question recurring on the ninth amendment of the Senate, 

Mr. Elliott demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered, 
and the amendment was concurred in. 

The tenth amendment of the Senate was concurred in. 

The eleventh amendment of the Senate was disagreed to. 

The question recurrii^ on the twelfth amendment, 

Mr. Conrad demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -J ■»„„„ oo 

Yeas: Blandford, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chilton, Conrad, 
Dickinson, Dupr6, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, 
Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, 
Lyon, McCallxmn, McMullin, Miller, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Shewmake, 
Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, and Vilier^. 

Nays : Atkins, Aver, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Chambers, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, De Jamette, Gilmer, 



203 JOURNAL. OF THB [lone 10, 1864. 

Hartridee. Heiskell, Hilton. Rentier. J. M. Leach. J. T. Leach, 
Marshall. Miles, Montagii<^. Moore. Perkins, Read. R<)gers. Russell, 
ISexton, Simpson, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, 
and Witherspoon. 

So the amendment was concurred in. 

On motion of Mr. Blandford. the vote just taken was reconsidered. 

And the question recurring on agreeing to the amendment of the 
Senate, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which wer» ordered, 

iYeas 34 

\avs~ ~ ^ 

Yeas: Uridgers, Kli M. Bruce. Colyar. Conrad. Dickinson, Dupre, 
Ewing. Farrow. Foote, Foster, Funsten, Gaither. A. H. Garland, 
Gholson, Goode, Holder, HoUiday. Keeble. Lamkin, Lyon. McCal- 
lum, McMuUin, Menees. Miller. Morgan. Orr. Pugh. Shewmake, 
Singleton. J. M, Smith. Staples. Turner. Villere. and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson. Atkins. Aver. Barks<lale, Baylor, Blandford, 
Boyce. Bradley, Branoh, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Chilton. Clopton. Cruikshank, De Jametle. Fuller. Gilmer. Hart- 
ridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Kenner, J. M. Leach. J. T. Leach, Marshall, 
Miles. Montague. Moore. Perkins. Read. Rogers. Russell. Sexton. 
Simpson. W. E, Smith. Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, and 
Witherspoon, 

So the amendment was disagreed to. 

The thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth amendments 
were disagreed to, 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution : 

ReMtved. Ttaqi when ibis House adjonrus to-day it wUJ adjouin to nwet at 
right o'clock and thirtj' mtnotes to-morrow luocning; 

which wa-s adopted. 
The qiiestion being on the se\-entee!ith amendment, 
Mr. Hilton submitted the following amendment to the amendment : 



Mr. Man^all moved that the House do now adjourn. 
The motion to adjourn was lost. 
On motion of Mr. Pu^, 
The Hon>e tttok a rett'^s until tl o'clock. 

Having reas^mbled. and the question being rai the amendment of 
Mr. Hilton to the seventeenth amendment of the Senate, 
Mr, Hartridge demanded the yeas and nays: 
Which were ordered. 

. ( Yeas 47 



And recorded as follows, viz: 



) Navs 7 [8] 

" li M. 



Yeas: Anderson. Atkins. Blandforxl, Branch. Bridgers, Eli 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce. Chambers, Chilton, Clopton. Colvar, 
Cmikshank, Dickinson. Ewing, Farrow. Foster. Fuller. Gaitlier, 
R. K. Garland. Ghol~on. Gilmer. Goode. Hilton. Holder, Holliday, 
•Folui>lon, Kenner. L^nikin. J. M. Leach. J. T, Lieach, Ltod. Machen, 
McCailum. McMnllin. Menees, Miles, ililler. Montague,' Moore, Orr, 
R<^rs, Sexton, J. M. .^mith. W. E. Smith. Smith of North Carolina, 
Triplett. and Wright. , 



June 10, 18M.) HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES. 208 

Kays; Dupr^, Funst«n, A. H. Uarland, Hartridge, Morgan, Pugh, 
Uussell, and Shewmake. 

So the amendment to the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Anderson moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

Mr. Lyon demanded the previous question; which was ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of the Senate, as 
iimended, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < ^^^ 25 r261 

Yeas: Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Branch, Chambers, Chilton, 
Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, (iaither, 
Gilmer, Heiskeli, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. I^ach, 
Lyon, Machen, McCalium, McMullin, Miles, Perkins, Bead, Russell, 
Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon. 

Nays : Anderson, Boyee, Bridgers, Eli M, Bruce, Horatio W, Bniee, 
Colyar, Dupr^, Elliott, Foster, Funsten, A. IL Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gholson, Hartridge, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Moore, Orr, Pugn, Rogers, Shewmake, Villere, and Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

The nineteenth and twentieth amendments were disagreed to. 

The question recurring on the twenty-first amendment, 

Mr. Hartridge demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < Kavc ^7 

Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, B^ndford, Boyce, Branch. Bridg- 
ers, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Cruikshank. Dick- 
inson, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge. T^mkin, 
J. M. Iieach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miles, Murray, Orr, Perkins, 
Rogers, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith. Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, and Triplett. 

Nays: Barksdale, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. IT. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gholson, Heiskeli, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keehle, 
Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCalium, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Moore, Morgan, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Single- 
ton, Villere, and ^\ itherspoon. 

So the amendment was disagreed to. 

The twenty-second, twenty-third, and twenty-fourth amendments 
were disagreed to. 

The House then resumed the consideration of the special order, viz: 

A bill (S. 31) to provide supplies for the Army and to prescribe 
the mode of making impres.sments. 

Mr. Chambers moved to lav the amendment of Mr, Heiskeli on the 
table. 

Mr. Foster moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion to adjourn was lost. 

The motion of Mr. Foster was lost. 

The motion of Mr. Chambers prevailed. ( ooolr 



202 JOUBNAL OF THE [lane 10. 18«4. 

Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Keiiner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Ijeach, 
Marshall, Miles, Montague, Moore, Perkins. Read, Rogers, Russell, 
Sexton, Simpson, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, 
and Witherspoon. 

So the amendment was concurred in. 

On motion of Mr. Blandford, the vote just taken was reconsidered. 

And the question recurring on agreeing to the amendment of the 
Senate, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 



And recorded as follows, viz: 



} Yeas 34 



I Nays_. 

Yeas : Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Duprfi, 
Ewing, Farrow, Foot*, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, 
Gholson, Goode, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Lanikin, Lyon, McCal- 
lum, McMuUin, Menees, Miller, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Shewmake, 
Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, T\irner, Villere, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, 
Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Chilton. Clopton, Cruikshank. De Jarnette. Fuller, Gilmer, Hart- 
ridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, 
Miles, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Read, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, 
Simpson, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, and 
Witherspoon. 

So the amendment was disagreed to. 

The thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth amendments 
were disagreed to, 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution : 



which was adopted. 
The qiicstion being on the seventeenth amendment, 
Mr, Hilton submitted the following amendment to the amendment : 



Mr. Marshall moved that the House do now adjourn. 
The motion to adjourn was lost. 
On motion of Mr. Pugh, 
The House took a rc^cess until (1 o'clock. 

Having reassembled, and the question being on the amendment of 
Mr, Hilton to the seventeenth amendment of the Senate, 
Mr, Hartridge demanded the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered. 

( Yeas 47 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■< v Y [81 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaitner, 
R, K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton, Holder, HoUiday, 
•Johnston, Kenner, Ijamkin, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Machen, 
McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Orr, 
Rogers, Sexton, J. M, Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
Tnplett, and Wright. 



Jdm 10, 18M.] HOUBE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 203 

Nays : Dupre, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Hartridge, Morgan, Pugh, 
Uussell, and Shewmake. 

So the amendment to the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. ^Vnderson moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

Mr. Lyon demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost, 

The question recurring on the amendment of the Senate, as 
amended, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] -J^. ok raai 

Yeas: Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Branch, Chambers, Chilton, 
Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither, 
Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J, M. I^ach, J, T. Leach, 
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Miles, Perkins, Read, Russell, 
Sunpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Triplet!, Turner, and M'itherspoon. 

Xays: Anderson, Boyce, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Colyar, Dupre, Elliott, Foster, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gholson, Hartridge, Hollidav, Johnston, Kenner, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Moore, Orr, Pu^, Rogers, Shewmake, Viller^, and Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

The nineteenth and twentieth amendments were disagreed to. 

The question recurring on the twenty-first amendment, 

Mr. Hartridge demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: ■! wf^ 07 

Yeas; Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bmndford, Boyce, Branch. Bridg- 
ers, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Cruikshank. Dick- 
inson, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer. Goode, Hartridge. T^mkin, 
J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miles, Murrav, Orr, Perkins, 
Rogers, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith. Smith 01 
North Carolina, Staples, and Triplett. 

Nays: Barksdale, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Gar- 
land, Gholson, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Hollidav, Johnston, Keeble, 
Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Moore, Morgan, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Single- 
ton, Villere, and ^ itherspoon. 

So the amendment was disagreed to. 

The twenty-second, twenty-third, and twenty-fourth amendments 
were disagreed to. 

The House then resumed the consideration of the special order, viz : 

A bill (S. 51) to provide supplies for the Army and to prescribe 
the mode of making impressments. 

Mr. Chambers moved to lav the amendment of Mr. Heiskell on the 
table. 

Mr, Foster moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 

Mr, E. M. Bruce moved[ that the House do now adjourn. 

The motion to adjourn was lost. 

The motion of Mr. Foster was lost. 

The motion of Mr. Chambers prevailed. C~",mm^iL' 

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204 JOUKNAL OP THB tJon* W, I8«4. 

Mr. Chambers moved to amend the hill !>>■ striknig out all thereof 
to section 6, which reuds hs follows, viz : 

That every peraon required to pay a tax lu kiad uiider tbe proviBlona of tbe 
"Act to lay taxes for tbe coiiituoa defeuse ai)<l curry on tbe Govertimeut of tbe 
CoDfederate States," ai^roved April twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred and alxty- 
three. and the act amendatory thereof, approved February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred aud sixty-four, sball, in addition to tbe one-tenth required by said 
arts to be paid na a tax In kind, deliver to the Confederate Government of the 
products of the present year and of tbe year eighteen hundred and eix^-flve 
one other tenth of tbe several products taxed In kind by the acta aforesaid, 
which additional one-tenth shall be ascertained, Bsaeaaed, and collected In all 
respects as Is provided by law for ttie said tax in kind, and shall be paid for. 
on delivery, by the post quartermasters In ttie several districts at the assessed 
value thereof, except tliat payment for cotton aud tobacco shall be made by 
the agents of the Treasury Department appointed to receive the same. 

Sec. 2. The supplies necessary for the support of tbe producer and his family, 
and to carry on hla ordinary business, shall be exempted from the contribatitai 
required by the preceding section aud from the additional Impressments author- 
ized by the flfth section of this act : Provided, however. That nothing herein 
contained shall l>e construed to repeal or alfect the provisions of an act entitled 
"An act to authorise the impressment of meat for the use of the Army under 
certain circumstances," approved February seventeenth, eighteen hnndred and 
sixty-four ; and If the amount of any article or product so necessary can not be 
agreed upon between the assessor and producer, it shall be ascertained and 
determined by disinterested freeholders of the vicinage, as is provided In the 
caites of disagreement as to the estimates aud assessments of the tax In kind. 
If required by the assessor, such freeholders shall ascertain whether a prodocer 
who Is found unable to furulHh the additional one-tenth of any one product 
can not suiiply the deQcleticy by the delivery of an equivalent in other prodncts, 
and upon what terms snch commutation shall be made. Any commutation thus 
awarded stiall be enforced and collected In all respects an Is provided for any 
other contribution required by this act 

Sec. 3. The Secretary of War may, at bia discretion, decline to assesa, or 
after assessment may decline to collect the whole or any part of tlie additional 
one-tenth herein provided for In any district or locality, and it shall be his 
duty promptly to give notice of any such determination, specifying with reason- 
able certainty the district or locality and tbe product, or the proportion thereof, 
as to which he bo declines. 

Sec. 4. The products received for the contribution herein required shall be 
disposed of and accounted for In tbe same manner as those received for the 
tax In kind ; and the Secretary of War may, whenever the exigencies of tbe 
public sen'ice will allow, authorlRe the sale of products received from either 
source to public ofHcers or agents charged in any State with the duty of provid- 
ing for tbe families of soldiers. Such sales shall be at the prices paid or 
assessed for tbe products sold, including the actual cost of collections. 

Sec. 5. If. In addition to the tax in kind and the contrlbntlou herein reqnired, 
the necessities of the Army or the good of the service shall require other sup- 
plies of food or forage, or any other private property, aud the same can not he 
procured by contract, then impressments may be made of such supplies or 
other property, either for alwolute ownership or for temporary use, as the pub- 
lic necessities may require. Such impressments shall be made In accordance 
with the provisions and subject to the restrictions of tbe existing impressment 
laws, except so far as Is herein otherwise provided, 

And called the question ; which was ordered. 

The amendment was Agreed to. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to recommit the bill and amendments to a 
special committee, with instructions. 

Mr. Bridgers called the question ; which was ordered. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Na^, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viit : 



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JuoelO, 18«.] HOUSE OF EEPBESENTATIVEB. 205 

Tbey have jiawed, witti aiueiidiueiits. n bill of tbia House (H. R. 12) to pro- 
vide (or tlie eorolluient and conscription of certain uoucoiumlssioaed olUceni 
luid privates Id the Trans-MlsBlsslppI Depurttuent. 

In wtaicta 1 am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

The question being on the motion to recommit, 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:] xr^ og 

Yeas: Barksdale, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Conrad, Ewing, Farrow, 
Foster, Heiskell, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, McCal- 
luni, Miles, Pugh, Rives, Kussell, Shewmake, Singleton, Turner, and 
Witherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Ayer, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Hora- 
tio '\V. Bruce, ChamlJers, Chilton, Clopton, Cniikshank, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Elliott, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, 
Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach,.J. T. Leach, Machen, Mnrshall, McMul- 
lin. Miller, Montague, Moore, Orr, Read, Rogers, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, and Villere. 

So the motion was lost. 

Mr. Chambers submitted the following amendment : 

Stiilie out the words, In section T, lines 8 and 9, " the contribution or ttie 
Uiipresements herein provided for " and Insert " or the impressment of private 
I>roperty ; " 

which was agreed to. 

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the bill by striking out the seventh 
section; which reads as follows, viz: 

Sec. 7. The right and the duty of mailing Impresaments Is hereby conflded ezclu- 
slvetf to the officers and agents charged In the several districts with tlie BBsess- 
taent und collection of the tax In kind and of the contribution herein required; 
nnd all officers and soldiers In any department of the Army are hereby expressly 
prohibited from nodertaklng In any manner to Interfere with these officers and 
Hgents In any part of tbelr duties In respect to Ilie tax in kind, the contribution, 
or the Impressments herein provided for: Provided, That this prohibition stiatl 
not tie applicable to any district, county, or parish in which there shall be no 
officer or agent charged with the assessment and collection of the tax In kind. 

Mr. A. H. Garland moved to lay the bill and amendments on the 
table. 
Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered. 

i Yeas - 34 

And recorded as follows, viz;-j vr ~ " " """I""_ 33 

Yeas: Anderson, Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers, 
Conrad, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, 
Ghoison, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, Miles, Miller, Montague, PerkinSj Pugh, 
Rivcs, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, Staples, and ViUerd. 

Nays: Atkins, Branch, Horatio W Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, Faster, Ful- 
ler, Gilmer, Goode, Heiskell, Holder, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Mai-shall, 



McMuiiin, Menees, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Read, Simpson, 
J^M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Oiirolina, Triplett, and 

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Witherspoon, 
So the motion to lay on the table prevailed, 



2Ud journal of the [Ioiw 10, teei. 

The Chair laid before the IIoiih« the following communication from 
the President:" 

Mr. Lyon moved to postpone the consideration of the bill rejected 
by the President until to-morrow. 

The motion was lost. 

The question being put, 

Shall the bill Iwconie a law, the objections of the President to the 
contrary notwithstanding? 

The yeas and nays required by the Constitution were recorded as 
follows, viz : 

It was decided in the negative, ] Wots 43 

Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Chilton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Foster, Fuller, Gilmer, 
Goode. Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Ijeach, Miles, Murray, Orr, Per- 
kins, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, 
and Staples. 

Nays : Barksdale, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, 
Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Dupn's Elliott, Ewing, FaiTow, Funsten, 
A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Ilartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, 
Holder, Holliday. Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCal- 
lum, McMuUin, Menees, Miller, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Pugh, 
Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, SUewmake, Singleton, Triplett, Villere. 
and Witherspoon. 

So the bill was lost. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and de- 
manded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: i v^^^ o^ 

Yeas : Anderson, Bovce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M, Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Conrad, Dickinson, Fuller, Gaither, A. H, 
Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lam- 
kin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McMullin, Miles, Montague, 
Moore, Morgan, Orr, Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Smith of North 
Carolina, Turner, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Burnett, Chanil>ers, Clopton. 
Colyar, Cruikshank, "Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, 
R. K. Garland, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Keeble, Machen, 
Marshall, McCallum, Menees, Miller, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rogers, 
Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, 
Triplett, and Villere. 

So the motion to reconsider was last. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Private Secretary : 

Hr. Speaker: The Senate have diwigreea to the amendmentB of tbis House to 
tbe nm«ndiiieuts of the Seiiute to the lilll (II. R. 1.38) to increase tbe coinpen^n- 
tloii of the hends of the ncvernl Executive DepHrtnientB nnd the AflslFttaiit 
Secretary of War mill tlip Trpiimiry. 

A me.ssage was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary; which is as follows, viz: 



"The coiuDiunlcatlon is not let-orrted in the Joiirai 



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Jnne 10, 1864.] HOUSE OP REPBESENTATIVES. 207 

H. R. lOS. Ad act to amend the laws relating to the tax In kind ; 

H. R. 112, An act to amend an act to organize forces to serve durli^ the 
war. approved February 17, 1864 : 

H. R. 148. An act to raise money to Increase. the pay of soldiers ; 

H. R. 150. An act concerning the salary of the Treasurer ; 

H. R, 153, An act to ftmend an art entitled "An act for the relief of taxpayers 
In certain cases," approved Fehmory 13. 1864 ; 

H. R. 11, Joint resolution of thanks to MaJ. Gen. Richard Taylor and the 
officers and men of his command ; and 

H. R. 13. Joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the Army 
traosportatioD to their homes, and hospital accommodations. 

BURTON N. HARRISON. 

Private Secretary. 

RiCHuoKD, Ta., June 10, 186i. 

A message was received from the President, by Mr, Harrison, his 
Private Secretary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr, Speaker: The President yesterday approved and signed the following 
acts: 

H. R, 106. An act to Increase the cumpensntlon of tlie noncommissioned offi- 
cers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States; and 

H. R. 134. An act to amend an net entitled "An act to establish a niter and 
mining bureau," approved April 22, IStKt. 

Tlie President has to-day nr'proved and signed the following act entitled 

H. R. 124. An act making appropriations for the postal service of the Con- 
federate States for the year 1802 and 1863. 

Very respectfully. BURTON N. HARBISON, 

Private Secretary. 

RtcHMOHD, Va., June 10, 186i. 

Mr, Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S. 59, All act to authorize the owners of the registered eight per 
cent ten-year convertible bonds issued under the provisions of the 
act approved May 16, 1861, to exchange the same for coupon bonds; 

H. R, 11. Joint resolution of thanks to Maj, Gen. Richard Taylor 
and the officers and men of his command ; 

S, 43, An act to graduate the pay of general ofScers; 

H, R, 123. An act making appropriations for the support of the 
Government of the Confederate States of America from July 1 to 
December 31, 1864, and to supply a deficiency; 

H. R. 108. An act to amend the laws relating to the tax in kind ; 

H. R. 148, An act to raise money to increase the pay of soldiers; 

H, R, 13, Joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the 
Army transportation to their homes, and hospital accommodations; 

H, R. 150. An act concerning the salary of the Treasurer; 

H. R. 153. An act to amend an act entitled "An act for the relief of 
taxpayers in certain cases," approved February 13, 1864 ; 

S, 76. An act to authorize the appointment of additional officers 
of artillery for ordnan«e duties; and 

H, R, 112, An act to amend an act to organize forces to serve dur- 
ing the war, approved February 17, 1864. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

The Hoxise, on motion of Mr, Rives, resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in open 



The Chair laid before the House the following resolution from tlie 
Senate: 

Resolved tthe Boiiic i>f ReprmciiUnirri foncHrrliin), That the time fixeil for 
the adjournment of the present sejwlon of Congress be extended to Tuesday, the 



208 JOUBNAIi OF THE [June 1». IBM. 

rourte«uth duy of June. lueUnt. aud ttiat tbe Presldeut of tlie Seuate and tbe 
Speaker ot tlie House of Repreeenta tires adjourn tbeir respective Uonses. eine 
die, at twelve o'clock meridian. 

The question being on the adoption of the resolution, 

Mr. Atkins called the quet^tion, and demanded the yeas and nays 
thereon; which were not ordered. 

The question was ordered. 

Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j v„„g jg 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, 
Conrad, Cruikshank, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten, 
Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holli- 
day, Johnston, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Menecs, Miles, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Perkins, Rives, Rogers, Rus.sell, Shewmake, Simpson, Single- 
ton, W. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett, Viller^, Welsh, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Blandford, Bradley, Colyar. Dickinson, A. H. Garland, 
R. K. Garland, Keeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, McCallum, Mc- 
MuUin, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Sexton, J. M. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, and Wright. 

So the resolution was concurred in. 

Mr, Atkins moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

Mr. Blandford moved that the House do now adjourn. 

Mr. J. T. Leach demanded the yeas and nays on the motion to 
reconsider; which were not ordered 

The motion to adjourn was lost. 

Mr. Conrad moved a call of the House. 

The motion prevailed. 

Upon a call of the roll the following gentlemen answered to their 
names: 

Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, 
Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, 
Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, 
Hilton, Holder, Ilolliday, Keeble, Kenner, J. T. Leach, Lyon, 
Machen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Orr, Pu^, 
Rives, Rogers, RuHsell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Stap^ Triplett, VillerS, 
Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

A quorum being present. 

On motion of Mr. Kenner, all further proceedings tmder tiie call 
of the House were dispensed with. ^ 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

On motion of Mr, A, H. Garland, the vote by which the resolution 
to meet to-morrow at 8.30 o'clock was adopted was reconsidered, 

Mr. Hilton moved to amend the resolution by striking out " eight 
o'clock and thirty minutes" and inserting in lieu mereof "ten 
o'clock." 

The amendment was lost. 

The resolution was disagreed to. 

And on motion of Mr. A. H. Garland, 

The House adjourned until to-morrow at 11 o'clock, .^.^oIp 



June 10, 1864.1 HOUSE OF- KEPRE8ENTAT1VES. 209 

SECRET SESSION. 

Thf House being in secret session, 

The Chair laid Before the House a communication fi-oiii the Presi- 
(l«it ; which was read as follows, viz: 

Mr. Hpvakcr: TUe PrenUleiit has to-day 8i)prove(i Bud signed au mt, [Mwted lii 
>»HTet eesaioii. entitlt^ 

II. [t. 133. Au act iiiukiiiK ii|>propi-lutloiia fur ttie redeiiiptlou of Ok Heven iter 
ivut forelgu loan nuthorlzed liy act of Cougi-eus approved Janaary 2!i. i&Si. 
BURTON N. HARRISON. 

Frivate tievrelarv- p'^' 

RicuiioitD, A'*., Juuf HI. imk. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business; 
which was the bill {!S. (iS) "to aid in the construction of ironclad 
gunboats for the defense of western and southern rivers." 

Mr. Conrad rost' to a point of order : 

That it is the province of the House to determine what shall be 
taken up for consideration. 

The Chair ovemded the point of order. 

Mr. Conrad ap[>ealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, * 

Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House? 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Kives moved that the consideration of the pending business be 
postponed. 

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:-< t^„„„ "_~_ " j^ 

Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, liarksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, 
Hritigers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, 
Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten, 
(laither, R. K. Oarland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton, Holder, 
Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenuer, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lyon, 
Machen, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Miles, Montague, Morgan, 
Murray, Rives, Rus.sell, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, vV. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Blandford, Burnett, Chambers, Dupre, Elliott, Foster, A. H. 
(Jarland, Hartridge, Heiskell, J. T. Leach, Marshall. Pugh, J, M. 
Smith, Welsh, and Wright. 

So the motion prevailed. 

Mr. Rives, by unanimous consent, modified his resolution so as to 
read as follows : 

Wbereax it bns pleased AlDiigbty Qod to bless tlie urms of tbe Confederato 
•states witb a series of signal siKfeaws stm* tlie oitenliiK of tbe present paiu- 
)«iIeh, deuiouMti-atlng their uii<]ueHtioiiuble ability to uialutalii the inteiti'lty of 
Ibelr jKillticiU oDCiUiiKatloii, mid eiiublliig theui tbei-eCore to exprosH the di^Hln- 
tboy liave ever fpit for iicuce ivithout danger of tlieir seiitluientH Ik-Ink nscribeil 
to weakiH'its or apprehension : 

Remtlred (the Senate concurring). That a Joint i-ommlttee of the tivn Houses 
l« appointed to prepare a manifesto setting forth briefly but distinctly tbe 
true character of the wa" on tbe part of tbe Confederate States, tbe princlple!4. 
disposition, and puri>oaes by wblch they have ever been iictnnted with rejtard 
to it and tbelr sincere wlsb. on ti>rms consistent with bonor and the iienuanent 
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210 JOURNAL OF THE Uune 10, 1864. 

weturity of their rigUte, to i)ut au end to a saoguluury strife so afllii'tlve to 
liuiuaiiity. BO t-oiitrury to tlie spirit of tUe age, and bo luJurlouB to tbe iittereata 
mid repose ut tbe civilized world. 

Mr. Barksilale moved the previous question ; which wa.s seconded. 

The question being on agreeing to the amendment of Mr. Foote, 

It was decided in the negativ^. 

The question recurring on the resohition of Mr. Rives, 

Mr. Heiskell demanded the yeas and nays; 

Wliich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows: -j pfaya '""I"'"'"~~I 14 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 
M, Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, ^'uller, Gaither, 
A, H. Garland, K, K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton, 
Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lyon, 
Maclien, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Montague. Morgan, 
Orr, Rives, Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villere, Welsh, Witherspoon, 
A-Vright, and Mr. Spealier. 

Nays: Bradley, Burnett, Chambers, Dupre, Funsten, Hartridge, 
Heisltell, Ilolliday, J, T. Fjcach, Miles, Perkins, Rogers, Shewmake, 
and Simpson. 

So the re^diition was adopted. 

The Chair ruled the resolution of Mr. Rives, as modified, out of 
order, because it was a joint resolution. 

Mr. Hilton appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, 

Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House! 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Rives moved to lay the resolution on tlie table. 

The motion prevailed.. 

Mr. Rives introduced 

A joint resolution " declaring the dispositions, principles, and pur- 
poses of .the Confcderutii States in relation to the existing war with 
the United States ;" 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, 

Mr. Bovce submitted the following amendment : " 

Mr. IFolliday moved that the House resolve it-self into open session. 

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded a:> follows, viz:i Z^^ 7* 

' I Nays -lA 

Yeas: Blandford, Bradley, Burnett, Chambers, Clopton, Dupre, 
Elliott, Gaither, Hartridge, Heiskell, Holliday, J. T. Jjeadi, McCal- 
lum. Miller, Murray, Perkins. Pugh, Rogers", Shewmake. Simpson. 
J. M. Smith. Welsh, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, 
Bridgers. Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce. Chilton, Colyar, Conrad. 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing. Farrow. Fuller. A. H. Garland, R. K. 



"Tbe amendment Is not ref'orded In tbe Journal. 



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jQiw 10. 1864.1 HOUSE OF HEPBESENTATIVEB. 211 

Garland, Gholi^oii, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton, Holder, Johnijton, Keeble, 
Kenner, J. M. Ijeai-h, Lyon, Macheii, McMullin. Meiiws, Miles, Mon- 
tague, Morgan, Orr, Biveij, Sexton, Singleton, \\'. E. Smith, Smith of 
Xortli Caruina, Triplett, and Villere. 

So the motion Teas lost. 

Mr, Singleton moved the previous qnestion ; which was seconded. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Boyce, 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:^ Nov; ''% 

Yeas: Boyce, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, J. M, Leach, J. T. 
Ijeach, and Orr. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, CoTyar. Conrad, 
Cniiksliank, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Funsten, A. H. Garland, E. K. 
Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskeli, Hilton, Holder, Hol- 
lidav. Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMul- 
lin, Meiiees, Miles, Miller. Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Rives, Rogers, 
Rns.=ell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Smith 
of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett. Villere, Welsh, and Wright. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The joint resolution was engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Holliday moved that the House resolve itself into open session. 

The motion was lost. 

The question recurring on the passjige of the joint resolution, 

Mr. Perkins demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ x^-sTri'"! II""""" 21 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Barksflale, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Bridg- 
ers, Eli M, Bruce. H. W. Bruce, Chilton. Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson. Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. 
Garla 1, R, K. Garland. Gholson, Gilmer. Goode, Hilton, Holder, 
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner. J. M. T>each, Lyon, Machen, McMullin, 
Menees, Montague, Morgan, Orr, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Singleton, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villere, 
and Welsh. 

Nays: Blandford. Bradley. Burnett, Chambers, Clark, Dupr6, El- 
liott, Funsten, Hartridge. Ileiskell. Holliday. J. T, I^each, McCalluni. 
Miles, Miller. Perkins, Pugh, Rogers, Shewmake, Simpson, and 
Wright. 

So the joint resolution was passed. 

Sir, Kenner moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the 
question; which was ordere<i. and the motion to reconsider was lost. 

The title was read ami agreed to. 

A mes-sage was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Spwlccr: Tlie Senate have paused a Joint resolution of the following title : 

Joint resolution deelnrlng the dlspoBitlons. principles, ami nurixises of (he 
Confederate States lu relation to the exlatlnt; war with the United Stntes: 

In which I am ilirec-ted to ask tlie iK)nciiiTem-e of this House. 

Mr. Hartridge moved that the House resolve itself into open session. 

The motion was lost, 

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212 JUUBNAL UF THE IJooe 10. 18«4. 

The Chair laid before the House a joint resolution of the Senate 
(S. 13) " declaring the dispositions, principles, and purposes of the 
Confederate States in relation to the existing war with the United 
States; " which was read a first and second time. 

The ride having been suspended requiring the joint retwlution to be 
referred to a committee, 

Mr. Singleton moved the previous question ; which was seconded. 

Mr. Blandford moved that the House resolve itself into open ses- 
sion, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not 
ordered. 

The motion was lost. 

The joint resolution was read a third time, and the question recur- 
ring on its passage, 

Mr. Perkins demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: \ \^^a 17 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Gar- 
land, E. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton. Holder, John- 
ston, Keeble, Kenner, J. M. Leach, Lyon, Machen, McMullin, Mences. 
Montague, Morgan, Orr, Rives, Russell. Sexton, Singleton, J. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett. 
Villere, Welsh, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Blandford, Bradley, Chambers, Clark, Funsten, Hartridgc, 
Holliday, J. T. Leach, McCallum, Miles, Miller, Perkins, Pu^, 
Rogers, Shewmake, Simpson, and Wright. 

So the joint resolution was passed. 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved to reconsider the vote just taken and to 
lay the motion on the table; which latter motion prevailed. 

Mr. Chambers moved to amend the title bv strikmg out all after the 
words "Joint resolution " and inserting in lieu thereof the words 
asserting the liide|)eiiden(.'e of tbe Confedernte Stntes of .\niericfl and thetr fixed 
resolve to permanently malntnlu tbelr )>ol1tlcnl iirpintzatlon. 

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded ns follows, viz: | y„yg """ '"""""" 35 

Yeas: Blandford, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Clark, 
Clopton, Elliott, Ewing, Funsten, Goode, Hartridge, Holliday, Me- 
nees, Miles, Miller, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, 
Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smithy. W._E. Smith, Staples, Welsh, 
Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays : Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Farrow, 
Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland. Gholson, Gilmer, 
Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, 
Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Montague, Orr, Rives, Singleton, 
Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, and Viller4. 

So the amendmi'nt was lost, and the title was read and agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Rive,s, the injunction of secrecy was removed 
from the joint resolution and manifesto. 

And on motion of Mr. Lyon, 0(>OqIc 

The House resolved itself into open session. ' '" O 



Iqm 11. I8«4.] HOnSE OF REPBESEKTATIVEB. 213 

THIRTY-SIXTII DAY— SATURDAY, June U, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjoiimiiient, and was opened with 
prayer by the Kev. Mr. Read. 

Mr. Lyon moved that the House insist on its disagreement to the 
uniondments of the Senate to the bill '* to amend the tax laws," and 
grant the conference tendered by the Senate. 

The motion prevailed. ' 

Mr. Lyon moved that the House insist on its amendments to the 
amendments of the Senate to the bill " to increase the compensation 
of the heads of the several Executive Departments and the Assistant 
Secretary of War and the Treasury," and tender a committee of con- 
ference to the Senate. 

The motion prevailed. ' 

The Chair laid before the House 

A biil (II. R. 12) " to provide for the enrollment and conscription 
of certain noncommis-sioned officers and privates in the Trans-M:is.sis- 
sippi Department;" 

which had been returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ments: 

1. In line 12, after "service," Insert '"In tbe Traus-MisslBsIppi Department." 

2. Add tlie followlns proviso to tbe bttl : "Froviaed, Ttuit nothing In this act 
cootalned shall apply to nonconitnlRRloned officers and privntpfl now In service 
in any rfgulflr Conrederiitp milltnry orpin lent ions In tbe Trims- Mississippi De- 
partment wbo may bave belonged to commands captured west of the Mississippi 
Klvpr tin<l retained after exchange east of that river." 

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; whicn is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The President of tbe Confedersle States has notified tiie Senate 
that he did. on the !)th instant, approve and sIkh the following sets, entitled 

8. 34. An act to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned officers, 
soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service : 

S. 3ft, An act for the payment of commissioners appointed under the act 
entitled "An act to snspend tbe privilege of tlie writ of habeas coriius In cer- 
tain esses." and to confer certain powers upon said conunlssionem. 

Tbe Senate have imsscd. without amendment, n bill of tbis House |[I. R. !!«>) 
In relation to the piiy of cicrlts In the office of tbe depositnry. 

The Senate have rejected on Its third reading a Joint rpsolotlon of this House 
(H. R, 14) explanatory of the act to Increase the conipensiition of certain civil 
officers and employees In the President's office and In the executive and legis- 
lative deimrtments nt Richmond for a limited iieriod. approved January W. 18(M. 

The Chair laid l>efore the House a Senate bill (S. 78) " relating to 
the issuing of certificates of indebtedness by the (lovernment of the 
Confederate States ; " which was read a first and second time. 

Mr, Lyon moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be referred 
to B a»mmittee. 

The motion was lost, 

Mr. Foote moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table, and 
demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded us follows, viz: j -kr ^o 

Yeas: Aver, Blandford, Chambers, Clopton, Foote, Foster, R. K. 

Garland, Hanly, Hartrdge, Holder, Jonnston, Marshall, Miller, 



214 JOUBNAL OF THB [JniM It, 1864. 

Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, ReHtl, Hhewniuke, J. M. Smith, Villere, 
WelSi, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Baylor, Boyoe, IJradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chilton. Colyar, Conrad, Cruik- 
shank. De Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing. Farrow, P'uller, 
Gaither, A. II. (iarland, (Sholson, (Jilmer, Gooile, Heiskell, Hilton. 
Holliday. Kcelile, Konner. J. M. I^each. >I. T. Leach, Lyon, Machen. 
McCalUiin. McMullin, Miles. Montague. Orr. Russell, Sexton, Simp- 
son, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Trip- 
lett, Turner, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

The Chair laid before the House Senate joint resolution (S. 14) 
" for the relief of James Lyons; " which was read a first and second 
tjme. 

The rule having been suspended requiring it to b<* referred to a 
committee, the joint resolution was read a third time and passed, and 
the title was read and agreed to. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 4!)) " to authorize 
the manufacture of spirituous liquors for the use of the Army an<l 
hospitals." 

Mr. Miles moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred to a committee, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

^Vhich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:i J^" — """"""^""""""" \l 

Yeas: Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford. Bovce. 
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bnice. Chambers, ('lop- 
ton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, 
Funsten, Gholson, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, 
Lamkin, Machen, McCallum, Miles. Montague, Morgan. Orr, Per- 
kins, Pugh, Read, Russell, Simpson, Singleton, Welsh, Witherspoon, 
Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Chilton, Cruikshank, Foster. Fuller. R, K. Garland. Gilmer, 
Hanlv, Kenner, J. M. Ijcach, J. T. Tjeaoh, Lyon, McMullin, Shew- 
make, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, 
Turner, and Villere. 

So the rule was suspended. 

Pending which. 

The morning hour having expired. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the committee of confer- 
ence on the part of the House on the disagreeing votes of the two 
Houses on the bill " to amend the tax laws " as follows, viz; 

Mr. I^on, Mr. Colyar. Mr. Gholson, Mr. Chambers, and Mr. Hilton. 

The Chair also announced the appointment of the committee of 
conference on the part of the House on the disagreeing votes of the two 
Houses on the bill " to increase the compensation of the heads of the 
several Executive Departments and the As.sistant Secretary of War 
and the Treasury " as follows, viz : 

Mr. Barksdale, Mr. Gaither. and Mr. E. M. Bruce. 

On motion of Air. Chambers, 

The House proceeded to the consideration of the special order: 

The bill providing for the establishment and payment of claims 
for a certain desi-ription of proixTty taken or informally impressed 
for the use of the Army. 



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Mr. MiLe.s moved to postpone the eonsiilemlioii of the bill. 
Tlie motion was lost. 

Mr. Montague submitted the following amendment : 
In nectlon 1. strike not "and" and IwHfrt nrter "waiton" tlic wonls "nml 
other property." 

The following mes.sage was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
Iheir Secretary: 

ilr. Speaker: The Senate bave panscd blllR of tbe followinit titles, viz i 

S. 30. An sot to provide for tbe inipreasuient of t>ie rallrond Iron, eqiiipnteritfl. 
and rolllug stock of Fallroads when the tyinie ahall beci)me ne<«fuiar>- for the imb- 
llc defease, and to make further provlaiona for the efflclent tmnspnrtiitlini of 
troopB and mllltBrr suppllen: and 

8.54. An act to organise tbe light nrtiilery of tbe Coofedernte Stnten of 

In TChioh I am directed to ask the concurrence of tbis Houde. 



Mr. A. H. Garland demanded the previous question; which was 
ordered. 

Mr. Foote moved to recon.sider the vote by which the main question 
was ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Montagiip. 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring on its 



Mr. Conrad demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered. 
Mr. Giirland moved that the House do now adjourn. 
Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; which were 
ordered, and 

The House adjourned until Monday at 11 o'clock. 

THIRTY-SEVENTH DAY— MONDAY, Junk Ki, 18(4, 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows. 

itie Cnair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury, inclosing a list of certificates filed with the 
Secretary of the Treasury for uicreased compensation of officers and 
employees in the Executive Departments, 

The communication and accompanying documents were laid upon 
the table. 

On motion of Mr. Foster, it was 

Ordered, That the Attomey-Oeneral Im> authorized and required to 
furnish each member of the military courts of the Army with a copy 
of the acts of Congress. 

On motion of Mr. Branch, leave of absence was granted to his 
colleague, Mr. Sexton. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of 
Saturday, viz: 

A bill providing for the establishment and payment of claims for n 
certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the 
use of the Army. 



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216 , JOUBNAL OF THE f June IS, 18«4. 

The yeas and nays, which htid Iwii ordered on the passafp* of the 
bill, 

Were recorded .5 follow,, viz; { Jj"; :;:;:;::;::;_-;::::: H,^^ 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgera, Chambers, Chilton, 
Clark, Clopton, Cruikshank. De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Elliott, 
Ewing, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heis- 
kell, Hodge, Kenner, Latnkin, J, M. Leach. J. T. Leach, Menees, 
Sexton, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, and Welsh, 

Nays: Anderson, Blandford, Bovce, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Colyar, Conrad, Farrow, f'unstenv Gholson, Hartridge, Hil- 
ton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCatlum, 
Miles, Milter, Montague, Murray', Orr, Pugh, Russell. Shewmake, 
Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith. Triplett, Villere, Witherspoon, 
Wright, and Mr, Speaker. 

So the bill was lost. 

Mr, Lyon, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing 
votes of the two Houses on the bill " to amend the tax laws," sub- 
mitted the following report: 

That tlipy have met tlie managers uii- tlie part of tlie St>nnte. anti, after full 
uud free conference, have agreed to recoiiinien<i. and ilo recommend, to their 
res[)ectlve Houses as follon's : 

That the House or Reiiresen tat Ives do recede from their Hmeiiduient to the 
sixth amendment of the Senate; that the Senate recede from tbelr said sixth 
amendment, and that the bill be amended by striking out the second paragraph 
of the flrst section and Inserting tn lien tliereof the followln);: 

■' 11, On the vaUie of p>ld and silver wares and plate, jewels, jewelry, and 
watches, ten [wr cent. 

" lit. The value of property taxed under this section shall Iw flssessed on the 
basis of the umrlcet value of the oauie or similar property In tile neighborhood 
where assessed Id the year elKliteen hnndretl and sixty, excef)! tn cases where 
hind, slaves, cotton, and tobact« have been purchased shu-e the first day of 
January, eighteen hundred and sixty-two. In which case tlie said land, dlaves, 
cotton, and tiihncco so purchased shall be assessnl at tlie prK'e actually paid for 
the same by tbe owner : Proridcil, That land purclinsed by refuKees and held and 
occu])led by them for their own use nixl iVMldence shall lie assessed according 
to Its market value In the year eighteen hundred and sixty." 

That the bill be amended by striking out all of the second section and 
Inserting in lieu tbere<if the following: 

" That section two of an act entitled 'An act to levy additional taxes for tlie 
common defense and sujiiiort of the Government,' ai)iiro\'ed seventeenth Frt>ru- 
ary. eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be. and the same Is hereby, reitealed. 
And it Is hereby declared that all the property and assets of corporations, 
associations, nnd joint stock companies vf every description, whettter lutxir- 
porated or not, shall be assessed and taxed In the same manner and to the same 
extent as the property and assets of Individuals; the tax on such prorierty and 
assets to be assessed against and paid by such coriiorallons, associations, and 
Joint stock companies: Provided, That no liank or iianking company shall be 
liable to par a tax upon deposits of money to the credit of and subject to the 
checks of others: Provided further. That the stock, shares, or interests repre- 
senting property or assets in corporations or Joint stock cointianles or associa- 
tions shall not be assessed or taxed; And provided further. That all property 
within the enemy's lines be, and tbe same Is hereby, exempted from all taxa- 
tion so long as it remains tn the enemy's lines." 

That the House of Representatives recede from their disagreement to tlw 
eleventh amendment of the Senate nnd agree to the said amendnient amended 
so as to rend as follows: 

"That paragraph one of section three of an act entitled "An act to levy addi- 
tional taxes for the common defense and supimrt of the Government,' approved 
February seventeenth, eighteen hnndi-ed and sl\ty-fonr, tie. and tt>e name is 
hereby, amended and reenacted so as to i-ead as folkiws: ' Upon the amount of 
all gold and silver coin, gold dust gold or silver balllon. moneys held abroad or 



Jane 13, IBftl.l HOUSE OF REPBESEl^TATtVES. . 217 

liillR of excbange druwo tlH-ivfiir. iiromlMioty notPS, rlglits, rredlts, und Kocui'ltlefl 
imyiible lu tiiwlga n'oiiutrltw. Ilvo ]ivr cetit. ti> lit- iiiilil In xiiecli- m' in CiiiirMlc^rHto 
TreiiMury u<>teH Ht their Tiilue tin <.-oniimre<l witb >t|)e('le iit tbc time tbe tux \» 
Itiijniile. tbe relative value of aiieoie and C'onredenite Treanury noteti. Tor tbe 
purpoBe of paymeut under tbis act, to be fixed by regulntloDs to be prescribed 
by the commimtoner of taxes under tiie direction of the Secretary of tbe 
Treaaory.' " 

Tbat the Senate recede from their twelfth atid tbirteentb nntendments, and 
that the bill be amended by Htrlking out tbe neiimd pnraKrnpb of He<'fion 8. 

That the Senate reteile from Uh fourteenth amendment. 

Tbat tbe Huiwe of IlepreeentativeH re<-e<le from its disagreement to the fif- 
teenth and sixteenth amendments of tbe Semite. 

That the IIoiiHC of IteprescntntlTCK recede from Its aniendinent to the seven- 
teenth amendment of the Senate, and tbat tbe Senate recede from Its aaid 
nniendment 

Tbat tbe House of RepreBentatlves recede from Us dlaBgreemeut to the nine- 
teenth amendment of tbe Senate. 

Tbat the Senate recede from Itn twentietii amendment 

Tbat tbe House of lte|)reaentatlves aicree to tbe twenty-flrst amendment of 
tbe Senate with tbe following nniendment : Strike out tbe word " twenty *' and 
lufiert tbe word " thirty." 

That the House of KeprcsentatlveH nKree to the twenty-third Senate amend- 
ment with tbe followtne amendntent. ti> wit : Strtlce out after tbe word " pro- 
duction." In paragraph 3, tbe words " of pig metal or pig iron tbe cost of fuel," 
and Insert the following wonls In lieu thereof: "or manufacture of pig metal 
or other iron tbe cost of fuel." 

Tbat tbe House of Representatives recede from Its disagreement to the 
twenty-fourth Senate amendment. 

The following mes-^a^ was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

itr. Speaker: Tbe Senate bnve rejected a bill (H. R. 14(J) to amend an act 
entitled "An act regulating tlie granting of fnrlougbn and dlscbargcH In hns- 
jiitals," approved May 1, 1803. 

Tbe I'resldent of tbe Confederate StatCH Iiiih notlfled the Seiinte that lie did, 
on tbe 10th Instant, approve and sign billH of the following titlen. vlr. : 

R. 4-1. An act to graduate the iniy of general otn<«rH: and 

S. 7ii. An act to authorize the appointment of additional offlcers of artillery 
for ordnance duties. 

Tbe Senate have [lasned a bill (S. 1) to provide and organize ii general staff 
for armieo In tbe field, to aerve during tbe war; In which I am directeil to aak 
tbe couenrrence of this House. 

Tbey lutist upua their disagreement to the amendments of tills lionise to the 
amendments of the Semite to the bill (11. It. 138) to increaae the coiui>enMition 
of the heads of tbe several Executive l>ei>artmentH and the Assistant Secretary 
of War and tbe Treasury, agree to tbe conference asked upon the disagreeing 
votes of tbe two Houses thereon, and Mr. Grabam, Mr. Jobuson of Georgia, and 
Mr. Burnett bave been appointed managers at said conference uii their part 

They bave passed a Joint resolution (S. l.'i) in relation to the I'reHldent's 
salary ; In whlfh I an) dlrwted ti) ask the coiu-urrence of tbls llonse. 

The question l>eing on agreeing (« the report of the committtH^ of 
conference, 

Mr. McMullin demanded the yeas and nays; 

AVliich were ordered, 

. I Yeas 47 

■ ( Nays _ 25 

Yeas: Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Horatio W, 
Bruce, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, 
Dickinson, Elliott, Farrow, Foster, Finisten, Galther, Gholson, Gil- 
mer, Goode, Hartridge. Heiskell. Hilton, Hollidav, John-ston, Keeble, 
Kenner, Lyon, Machen, MrCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Perkins, 
Pii^, Rives, Bussell, Sexton. Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Staples, Villere, Welsh, and Wright. 



And recorded as follows, viz : 



218 JOURNAL OP THE [June 13, 1864, 

Nays : Bradley, Brunch, Brldgtirs, Eli M. Bruce, Bumettj Chilton, 
Cruikshank, Dupro, Ewing, Foote, Fuller, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. 
Leach, J, T, Leach, Marshall. McMullin, Montague, Murray, Orr, 
Read, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon. 

So the report was agreed to. 

Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called 
the question ; which was ordered. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina demanded the yeas and nays; which 
were not ordered. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of North Carolina, the unfinished business 
was for the present postponed, 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, from the Committee on Claims, to 
whom had been referred a Senate joint resolution "' for the relief of 
Wellington Goddin," under a suspension of the rules, reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolutiofi was rend a third time and passed, and the 
title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Ciirolinn, from the same committee, to whom 
had been referred the claim of \Vyatt H. Cardwell, reported back the 
same with the recommendation that the committee be discharged 
from its further consideration, and that it l)e referred to the Com- 
mittee on Accounts ; which was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the iinfinished business was postponed. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred the bill "making additional appropriations for the 
support of the Government," under a suspension of the rules, reported 
back the same with the ri'connnendation that it do pass. 

The House resolved itself into Committee of the AVhole, for the pur- 
pose of considering the bill, Mr. Chilton in the chair: and having 
spent some time therein, tlie committee rose and reported, through 
their Chairman, that the conunittee had hud the subject referred to 
them under consideration, and refoninicnded that the bill do pass. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred a 
Senate bill (S. 78) '" relating to the issuing of certificates of indebt- 
edness by the Government of the Confederate States," reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question l)cing on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. E. M. Bruce submitted the following amendments: 

Id line 15. nfter the word "exceed,'' ftrihe out tbe word "one" and Insert 
" five." 

Strike out nil after the word "over," In >ine IT, which reads as follows, tIz: 
" one hundred, dollnrs and does not exi-eed Hve bundred, flfty per <xat thereof 
shall l)e paid la Treasury notes and the remainder secured liy a ccrtlflcate of 
lndet)teilneRs : where the amount exeeedH five hundred dollars nnd Is less than 
Ave thouaand. then fifteen i>er cent shall he iMiUl In Treasury notes nnd tlie 
remainder secured by certlflcatea o( Indebtedness as herein provided; where the 



Jone 13. 18W.1 HOUSE OF BEPBE8ENTAT1VES. 219 

amount 111 auvh debt or eliiltii hIiuII excetti Itv<- tlioiiHiiiKl ilnllnrs. Icii |M>r tviit 
!4hiilt be piild 111 Treasury unteN iiiiil tlie iviiiiilikU-r Keciircd h.v i-ertillniti-s .>r 
lndebte«lDesa an liereln provliled," iind liistTt hi lieu thereof the followliiK. viz: 
" five hundred iind does not exceed live thouitniid dollars of fifty iH'r ceut lu 
Treosury notex ; when OTpr Qve thousand dolliim, thirty-three per <-eut tlinll be 
paid In Treasury notes and the remainder seeured by n certlflente of IndelitedneHS 
an herein provided : I'roi'iileil. That In uuikliiit settlenients, when by the eoutriiet 
(if the imrlleH or the prnrtlce of the Government, the ehilin Is dlvlnlble nn htivhiK 
lieen due nt different periods, the settiement shnll l>e made u|X)n the jirlni-iple oif 
rents at the times the account or elnlm wns due. and In no cane shall u imrty 
lie prejudif^l in the Bcole of graduution by any part of the claim uot having 
been pnid when due or by blendliiK dllTerent claims." 

Mr, Hilton submitted the following amendment to the amendment : 
Strike out the whole of the same and insert In lieu thereof the following, viz : 
"Pi-ovided. That the Issue of oertlflcates In payment of claims against the Gov- 
ernment shall be allowed only in accordance with the following cuiidltiunH imd 
llmltntioDs: Creditors furnishing supplies or rendering services to the value of 
two thousand dollars aud less than five thousand dollars may i-erelve tliree- 
fourlhs thereof in such certificates ; creditors furnishing supplies or rendering 
services of the value of five hundred dollars and of less than two tliouMind dol- 
lars may receive one-half thereof in such certificates ; and creditors furnishing 
supplies or rendering services of less than Ave hundred dollars shall not lie 
iillowed to receive more than one-ijuarter thereof In siich certlBcjites. aiild 
eertiflcatefl to be convertible at all times Into the six [ler cent untaxable bonds 
iMnied uuder the act of February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, 
nnd re<-elvable in payment of all internal tuxes." 

The following message wns received from the Senate, by Mr. \asli, 
their Secretary: 

J/r. Speaker: The I'resident of the Confederate States h.ivlng retumeO lo 
the Senate the Joint resolution (S. 8) dlre<-ting tlie setllenient of the claim of 
Zcdekiab McDanlel and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Federal gunboat 
Cairo by means of a tori>edo, with his obJectl<ins to the same, the Senate pro- 
ceeded to reconsider the stild resolution; and 

Renolved, That the resolution do not pass, two-thlnls of the Senate not agree- 
ing thereto. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Hilton to the amend- 
ment of Mr. E, M. Bnice, 

Mr, McMiillin demanded the yeas and nays; which wei-e not 
ordered, and the amendment of Mr. Hilton was agreed to. 

The qiiei^tion recnrring on the amendment of Mr. E. M. Bruce, us 
ameuded, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | w„ys '^1 

Yeas: Anderson, Ayer, Blaiidiord, Bridgers. Chamhers, Clopton. 
Colyar, Cruikshank, De Jarnette. Diinro, Farrow, Foote, Foster, 
Fuller. Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Ono<ie, Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton, 
Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Lamltin, J. M. Leach, .1. T, Leach, 
&[achen, McCalluni, McMuUin, Miller, Read, Rogers, Shewmake, 
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples. Trip- 
lett. Turner, Welsh, Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Boyce, Branch, Eli M. Bruc(^, Horatio W, Bruce, Chilton, 
Clark, Conrad, Dickinson, Ewing, Gilmer, IloUiday, Kenuer, Lyon, 
Miles, Montague, Orr, Perkins, Rives, Russell, Sexton, and Villert*. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 



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Tlie question recurring on ordering the bill to a thirt] reading, 
Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas ana nays thereon; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] w^t go 

Yeas: Baylor, Boyce, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bnice, Colyar, Con- 
rad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, 
Funsten. Goode, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, J. T, 
licaeh, Machen, Manshall, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Miles, 
Montague. Eives, Rogers, Sexton, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, 
Witherspoon, and Wright. 

Nays: Anderson, Aver, Barksdale, Blandford, Branch, Eli M. 
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, Dickinson. Dupr6, 
Gaither, (iholson, Gilmer, Hanly. Hartridge, Holder, Holliday, 
J. M. Leach, Miller, Orr, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Staples, Triplett, and Welsh. 

St) the bill was read a third time. 

The question recurring on the passage of the bill, 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

Which were ordered. 

And i-ecorded as follows, viz: 1 Vhvs~ ~ ~ ~ tfi 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, 
Colyar, Conrad, Cruiksnank, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fun- 
sten, Gaither, (iholson, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Kerinor, Machen, 
McCalhmi, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Montague, Perkins, Rives, 
Rogers, Smith of North Carolina, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

Nays : Anderson, Aver, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, De Jarnette, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Elliott, Fuller, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Holder, HoUiday, 
Johnston, Ijanikin. J. M. Leach, J. T. I^each, Marshall, Miller, Pugh, 
Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith. Staples, Triplett, 
Turner, Welsh, and Wright, 

So the bill was lost. 

On motion of Mr. Barksdale, the unfinished business wa.s again 
postponed, 

Mr. Barksdale, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A bill "further to amend an act to reduce the currency and to 
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seven- 
teenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; " 
which was read a first and second time, 

Tlie rule having l)cen suspended requiring it to be referred to a 
committee, the bill was engros.sed, read a third time, and pa.ssed, and 
the title was read and agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Ilartridge, the unfinished business was again 
postponed, 

Mr. Hartridge, under a suspension of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution " in reference to the exportation of cotton, to- 
bacco, military and naval stores, sugar, molasses, and rice, exported 
by any of the' Confederate States, and to the vessels in which such 
articles are shipped ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 



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The rule having been suspended requiring it to be refeiTed to a 
ctMumittee, the joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and 
passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the unfinished business was again sus- 
pended. 

Mr, Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to which was 
referred Senate bill (S. 58) " to authorize the appointment of quarter- 
masters and assistant quartermasters and commissaries and assistant 
commissaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases," reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do pass with the following 
amendments : 

In the aixteeoth Jlne, after tbe words "the appointmeQt," strike out nil down 
to "Provided," In the twentieth line, und Insert jib follows : "And for the coliec 
tioD. control, and distribution of railroad und Seld trans|K>rtatlon and army 
supplies, tbe President mny uiijxiint such jiddltlonal qunrteruiHsters und com- 
missaries and assistant quartermasters and c>oinnilRsarle8 as may be necessary 
for the efildent execution of the duties of the Qunrtennaster's and Commissary 
Departmental, and such purchasing agents or transportation agents may be em- 
ployed as the service may require who shall not have military rank and whose 
compensation shall not exceed the |>ay of a vaptaln of Infiintry. and who may 
be required to give bond for the faithful performance of their duties : but nothing 
berein contained shall be construed to prohibit tbe assignment of quartermasters 
and commlssurles or assistant quartermasters or [assistant] commissaries 
already in commission to nny of the forgoing duties or to the duty of paying 
trooiw." 

In Hue i't, after tbe words " over twelve months." add the following : " or have 
l)cen heretofore dlscbar^ng nny of tbe aforesaid duties." 

In the fourth Hue of tbe third section, strike out tbe wonls " Quartermaster or 
ComnilsHary-Ueueral. subject to the discretion of the Secretory of War," and 
Insert In lieu thereof tbe word " President" 

In section 3, line 3, after the word " commissary," Insert the words " appointed 
ander this act" 

Add aa no additional section the following: 

" That the President be, and he Is hereby, authorized to appoint one quarter- 
master, with the rank of major, for each State, and one assistant (junrter master, 
with the rank of captain, for each (."ongresalonnl district In the several States, 
to esecute the duties of the act In reference to the tax In kind: Provided. That 
tbe appointments to be made In pursuance of this section shall he made with the 
same restrictions and limitations as are set forth iu tbe flrst proviso to the first 
section of this act" 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in tlie negative. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

Ur. Speaker: The Senate have concurred la tbe report of the committee of 
conference on tbe disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill | El. It. 107) to 
amend the tax laws. 

Tbe Senate have passed a bill of this House <H. R. 158) making additional 
appropriations for the support of the Government. 

Mr. Foote moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table. 

On motion of Mr. Chilton, it was ordered that when the House take 
a recess to-day it take a recess to 6 o'clock. 

On motion of Mr. Chilton, it was ordered that when the House 
adjourn to-day it adjourn to meet to-morrow at 9 o'clock. 

The motion of Mr. Foote was lost 

Mr. Barksdale demanded the previous question; which was 
ordered. 

The amendments of the committee were concurred in. ^-- i 



!22 JOUBNAL OF THE Unae 13. 1864. 

The bill was read a thin! time, and the question recurring on its 



Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | v^^^ 



Yeas: Ayer, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Colyar, 
Conrad, De Jarnette, Dicklnstm. (Jnither, Oholson. (iihncr, Go<)de. 
Hanly, Hilton, Holliday, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles, 
Miller. Montague, Pugh', Read, Rogers, Russell, J. M. Smith. Trip- 
lett, Villere, and Wrimit. 

Nays: Anderson, Biandford, Clopton, Cruikshank, Dupre, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Hartridge, Heiskell, Holder, Kenner, 
Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, McXlullin, Orr, Rives, Sliewmake, 
W. E. Smith, Staples. Turner, Welsh, and Witherspoon. 

So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

A message was received from the Pi'esident, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Prealdeut lias to-diif approved and alined the fullowlng 
act. entitled 

H. R. 123. All act iiiaklni; niiproprlatloiis for the uupiHjrt <if tbe Ooveninient 
or the Confederiite States of Auierkii from July 1 to DweiiilM'r r\, IWU. mid to 
Enpply ft de&cleiicy. 

Ver>- re»i>e<tfull.v. BURTON N. HARlllSOX. 

Private ttccri-tary. 

RiCHMONu. Va., June 1.1. M64- 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from James D. 
Browne, touching increase of compensation for property rented to the 
Government; wJiieh was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Clopton, from the Committee on Xaval Affairs, to whom had 
been i-eferred a Senate bill (S, 53) " to amend the several acts in 
relation to a volunt<«r navy," \s'ic'\. 

The question being upon postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was dtHiided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and pas.sed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Clopton. from the same committee, to whom had been 
referred a Seriate bill (H, (i2) "to amend an act entitled 'An act to 
create a provisional navy of the Confederate States,' approved May 
tirst, eighteen hiindiTt! and sixty-three," [a?fl. 

The question lieing upon postponing the bill and placing it on (he 
Calendar, 

It was deciiKnl in the negative. 

The bill was read the third time and passed. 

The title was r(?ad and agreed to. 

Mr. Clopton, from the Committee on the Medical Department, to 
whom had been referred 

A bill " to amend the laws relating to the commutation value of 
hospital rations," 
reported back the same with llic rw'ommendntiou fliat it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. C ooolr 



June 13. 18W.] HOUSE OF BKPRESENTATIVBS. 223 

Mr. Farrow ijubmitted the following amendment : 

After tile word " soldier " insert the woiiIb " Hnil bim|>ltal iitteiidants." 

The anieiiditieiit was not agreed to. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary; 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have puseed blllfi ot tlie following titles, viz: 

S. tW. An act to amend iiii net entitled "An mt to imihlhit the iiupurtatlon of 
luxuries, or of articles not necf>SB]ir]es or of coaiuion use," aiiproved February 6, 
JStM: 

S. 72. An net to amend nn act entitled "An net to organize nillitary courts to 
attend the Army of the ('oiifederate States iu the fleld, jind to define the powers 
of said courts," approved October !). 18(12; nnd 

S. 83. An act relative to the saiariCM of the judges of the dintrk-t courts of tlie 
Conrederote States ; 

In which I am directed to ask tt»e concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on ClainiH, to whom hud been 
referred 

A bill " to authorize tlie Auditor of the Treasury or a commission to 
be appointed by the Seerotary of the Treasury to take proof ancT 
determine the amount expended by the State of Tennessee in the sup- 
port of her army, etc., previous to its transfer to the Govynment of 
the Confederate States," 

reported back the same with the recouunendation that it be laid upon 
the table ; wliich was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to audit the accounts of the resjK'ctive States agiiinst the 
Confederacy, approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 

which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, 
VIA : 

The bill to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors for the 
use of the Army and hospitals, 

Mr, Hilton demanded tlie previous question ; which was ordered. 

The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring on its 



Mr, Foote demanded the yeas and nays; 

Wliieh were ordered. 

And r^orded as follows, viz: \ J^^ ^ 

Veas: Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers. Burnett, 
Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad^ De .larnette, Dickin- 
son, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, Gholson, Goode, Heiskell, 
Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, Machen, Menees, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Pugh, Read. Russell, Simpson, Staples, and Witherspoon. 

Xays: Anderson, Blandford, Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Clark. 
Cruikshank. Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gilmer, Hanly, Hartridge, Holder. 



224 JOURNAL OF THE £Jn»« 13. 18M. 

HolHday, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Mc- 
Mullin, Rogers, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
North Carolina, Triplett, ViUere, and Welsh. 

So the bill was passed. 

Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote just taken. 

Mr. Hilton moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table; 
which latter motion prevailed. 

Mr. Barksdale moved to take up the motion to reconsider the vote 
by which the bill " providing for the establishment and payment of 
claims for a certain description of property taken or informally 
impressed for the use of the Army " was lost. 

Mi. Pugh moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table. 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 27 

And recorded as follows, viz: < Wnvs 32 

Yeas: Anderson, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Colyar, Ewing, Farrow, Gholson, Haftridge, Hilton. John- 
ston, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McMuIlin, Miles, Miller, Montague, Pugh, 
-Russell, Shewmake, J, M. Smith, Triplett, Villere, Witherspoon, and 
Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, 
Clark, Clbpton, Cruikshank, De Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, FooteT 
Foster, Funsteu, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Keeble, 
Kenner, Ivamkin, J, M, Leach, Machen, McCallum, Menees, Simpson, 
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, and Welsh. 

80 the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

The question being on the motion to reconsider the vote by which 
the hill was lost. 

Mr. Pugh demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j J^g ^ 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Oiambers, Chilton, 
Clopton, Clark, Conrad, Cruikshank^ De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr^, 
Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, 
Holder, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M, Leach, Machen, McCallum, 
McMnllin, Menees, Murray, Simpson, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Staples, and Welsli. 

Nays: Anderson. Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Colvar, Farrow, Gholson, Hartridge, Hilton, HoIIiday, 
Johnston. J. T. Leach, Lyon, Miles, Miller, Montague, Pugh, Rogers, 
Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, Triplett, Villere, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion to reconsider prevailed. 

The question recurring on the passage of the bill, 

Mr. I< oster demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: 1 jj.„ 00 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, 

Clopton, Clark, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr^. Foote, 

Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode. Hanly, Heiskell. Holder, 

Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Machen, McMullin, 



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June J3. 1884.J HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 225 

Metiees, Murray, Perkins, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, and 
Welsh. 

Nays; Anderson, Blandford, Bovce, Bradloy. Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Colyar, Conrad, Ewing, f'arrow, Ciholson, Hartridge, Hil- 
ton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lvon, Miles, Miller, Montague, 
Pugh, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, iSimpson, J. M. Smith. W. E. 
Smith, Tnplett, Villere, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the Judiciary Committee, to whom had been 
referred a Senate bill (S. Bl) "to amend an act entitled 'An act to 
organize military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States 
in the field, and to define the powers of saicl courts.' "[»«>], 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Rogers submitted the following amendment : " 

Mr. Foote demanded the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr, Rogers was agreed to, and the bill was 
ordered to a third reading, 

Mr. Marshall moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to a third reading; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Holliday moved to reconsider the vote by which the amend- 
ment of Mr. Rogers was agreed to. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Holliday submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Rogers : » 

The question recurring on the first section of the amendment of 
Mr. Rogers, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the second section of the amendment, 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas antl nays; 

Which were ordered. 

And are recorded as follows, viz: -j v "^ o 

Yeas: Anderson, Barksdale, Bavlor, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, 
Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Cham- 
bers, Clark, Clopton. Colyar, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Foote, 
Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, (Joode, Haniy, Hartridge, Holder, 
Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, I^amkin, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Machen, Mar- 
shall, McCallum, McMuUin, Menees, Miles, Montague, Perkins, 
Rogers, Russell, Simpson. J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Welsh, and Wright. 

Nays: Johnston, Pugh, and Shewmake. 

So the second section of the amendment was agreed to. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, to whom liad been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 70) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend an 
act entitled "An act to organize military courts to attend the Army 
of the Confederate States in the field, an5 to define the powers of said 



1 Tbe amendmeDt Is aot recorded In tlie Jourual. 



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226 JDUBNAL OF THE [June 13, 1864. 

(Tourts;"'" reported back the same with the reoommendatioii that 
it do paRS. 

The question being on |)ostponinj]: the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Russell moved the previous question: which was ordered. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. RusKell, from the same committee, to whom had l)een referred 
a Senate bill (S. 50) "to regulate the selection of juries in the dis- 
trict courts of the Confederate States in certain oases," reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The question being on |>ostponing the bill ana placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the affirmative, 

Mr, Chambers, under a susi>ension of the rules. intnMluced 

A bill ■' to amend an act entitled 'An act to levy additional taxes 
for the conmion defense and supiKtrt of the Government.' approved 
February seventeenth, eightwn hundred and sixty-four: "' 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Chambers moved to amend the bill by adding at the end the 
following proviso, viz : 

Pnirideil, That iiotblnR lu this net sbjill be i-otiHtnieil to iipply to iiro|H^rty not 
Imtiglit and sold. 

Tlie amendment was agreed to. 

Mr, Hilton calle<l Ihc ((uestion; which was ordered. 

The bill was engn)ssed, read a third time, and passtd. and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

The following message was iix-eived from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

J/r. 8]teaker: Tbe Senate linvi.' [mimho*!. witbout uiuemlineut, ii hill :uiil Jutnt 
ivmilutiou of tlilH Iloutic of tlio folluwiuK titles, viv. : 

- II. B. llifl. A bill furtUer to iiiiiend nn tu-t to rctlinf the lurrency ami to autlior- 
ize a new IsHue of nntea and bouil». H|iprove<l t'ebrunry IT. 18it4 ; nnd 

II. B. 15. Joint renolutlon In refereni'e tii the exportiitiini of cotton, tobacco, 
military and naval storcH, RUgnr. iiiiilimmw. iinti rlw, cxiiorted by nny of the 
Confederate States, and to tbo vcswlx in wbk-b unld articles iire shlinKMl. 

Mr. Piigh, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution : 

RcsiiJr.cil. That ii Committee of thi-ee Iw nppoiutt-d lo cnt(>r Into contmcts 
similar to tboae autboriwd by tlie Semite for reiMvrtlng tbe debates .if tbis House 
at Its next Messlon. 

Mr. l*ugh rose to a point of order: 

That having yielded the floor to Mr. Conrad of Louisiana, to sub- 
mit an amendment to his resolution, he did not lose his right to the 
floor. 

Mr. Chilton (in the chair) overruled the ix)int of order. 

Mr. Pugh appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, 

Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House? 



June 13, 1864.] HOUSE OP BEPREBENTATIVES. 227 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the resolution of Mr. Pugh by strik- 
ing out the words " enter into contracts similar to those authorized by 
the Senate " and inserting in lieu thereof the following, viz : 



A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr, Uprakfr: The Senate hi\vo aKi"eed to the rejHirt of tlie foiiiiiiittM' of iini- 
fereiice on the liill of this Unwe (H. R. 138) to Increase the wniiiensiitlon of 
the heads of the aevenil Ksecutive Departments mid the Assistant Secretary of 
War and the Treiisury. 

The Senate have iinased the hlU (H. R. ItiU) to amend the lawn ii-latlnf; to 
tlie romutnlntlon value of lKiH])ltal rtttlonM. with an iiiuendineiit ; In whk-h they 
request the conmrrence of this House. 

-Ind tbej- have agreed to the nmendments of the House of Itepresentatives to 
the hill (8. B8) to authorize the apiwlntuient of (luarteruiasters and assistant 
quartern) afters and cutuiulsBarles and nsslstaut coranilHtuirles in the Provisional 
Army In certain eases. 

Mr. Cruikshank. from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S. 13. Joint resolution declaring the dispositions, principles, and 
purposes of the Confederate States in relation to the existing war 
with the United States; 

S. 77. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the cur- 
rency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved Feb- 
ruary 17, 1864 ; 

S, 20. An act to establish a bureau of foreign supplies; and 

H. R. 1'2. An act to provide for the enrollment and conscription of 
(-■ertain noncommissione<l officers and privates in the Trans-Mississippi 
Department, 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. E- M. Bruce, from the committee of conference on the dis- 
agreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill " lo increase the c-ompen- 
sation of the heads of the several Executive Departments and the 
Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasury,'' submitted the fol- 
lowing report : 

The fouinilttee having met nuU considered the several subjects of dlfCereuee, 
do agree to reooiumend for adoption ttie following, viz : 

That ail the amendments of the Senate to said bill he t-om-urred in. Tiiat 
the amendments of the House jiroixised with their i-oncurrence In the amend- 
ment of the Senate be adopted with this amendment, to nit : Strike out all of 
the said amendment of the House from its comuieu cement to the word " That," 
in the ninth line: alxo ntrike out the n-ord '* flft.v," in tlie twelfth line, and 
insert " thirty -three and one-third:" fo that said amendment will read as fol- 
lows, viz; "That tiio salaries of all the clerks and eniployeei In the various 
Departments located In the city of Richmond be increased thirty-three and one- 
third per cent and at all other points throughout the Crinfederrite States twenty- 
five per cent for one year from and after the pansaste of this act; I'rofided. 
That clerks detailed from the Army or Xavy shall uot l« entitled to the bene- 
flts of this act." - 

To amend the title by adding the words " and other officers therein named." 

The report was concurred in. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Conrad to the res- 
olution of Mr. Pugh. 
Mr. Foote moved the previous question ; which was ordered. 

.OOg\Q 



And recorded as follows, viz : \ 



!28 JOURNAL OF THE IJune 13, 1864. 

The amendment was lost. 

The question recurring on the resolution of Mr, Pugh, 

Mr. Smith of North (^rolina demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

j Yeas 36 

■ } Nays 26 

Yeas; Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, 
Brid^rs, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Col- 
var, Dupre, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Gholson, Gilmer, (xoode, 
Hartridge, liamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miles, Mon- 
tague, Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Simpson, Welsh, With- 
erspoon, and M' right. 

Nays: Baylor, Chilton, Clopton, Conrad^ Cruikshank, Ewing. Ful- 
ler, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, 
Machen, SlcCallum, McMullin, Menees, Russell. Shewmake, J. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and 
Villero. 

So the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Marshall, under a suspension of the rules, from the Commit- 
tee on Military Affairs, to whom had been referred a Senate bill (S. 
55) " to authorize the formation of new commands, to be composed of 
supernumerary officers who mav resign to join such commands, and 
to limit and restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative, 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by inserting in section 3, 
after the word " officers," the words " and privates."' 

The amendment was agreed to, and the bill was read a third time. 

Mr. HoUiday moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to a third reading. 

The motion was lost. 

The bill was passed, and the title was I'ead arid agreed to, 

Mr. Villere, from the same committee, lo whom had been referred 
a ^nate joint resolution (S, 9)/* of thanks to General E. Kirby 
Smith and the officers and soldiers of his command," reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do pass with the following 
amendment (in the nature of a substitute) : 

Resolved, That General K. Kirby Sinitb baa distlnguiiihed biB ndmlnistrfltlon 
of the Trans- Mississippi Department by his justice, his firmness an<t modera- 
tion. Ills Integrity and (■oiwclentlouH regard for inw, his nnaffected kindness to 
the people, the protection of their rights and the redress of their wrongs, and 
thus has won the confidence of Congress. 

That the tbanltH of Congress are due, and are extended, to Genera) B. Kirby 
Smltb and to the <-ouiniunders of the ariuleH. General Sterling Price, In Arkan- 
sas, and General Ricburd Taylor, In Ijonislnnii. and to all the olllcers and sol- 
diers of their commands for the brilliant campaigns In Arknusas and Louisiana 
In the months of April and May, eighteen hundred and sisty-four. 

That the President be requested to romraunlcate these resolutions to the 
officers named and to the armies of the Trans- Mississippi. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 



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3aa* 14. 1884.1 HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATIVES. 229 

It was decided in the negative. 
On motion of Mr. McMullin, 
The House adjourned. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Claims, reported 

A joint resolution " in relation to the wrvices of Mnnuel and 
Rafael Armijo and Julian Tesorio," 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the joint resohition and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the affirmatiTe. 

On motion of Mr. Heiskell, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

THIRTY-EIGHTH DAY— TUESDAY, June 14, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The Chair laid before the House 

A bill (H. R. KiO) " to amend the laws relating to the commutation 
value of hospital rations ; " 

which had l»en returned from the Senate with the following amend- 
ment : 

After the word "Army." in line 12, insert the words " In hmpltalti." 

The question being on concurring in tht- amendment, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

On motion of Mr. Hilton, the unfinished business of yesterday, 
which was the joint resolution " of thanks to General E. Kirby Smith 
and the officers and soldiers of his command,'* was postponed. 

Mr. Farrow, from the Committee on Claims, reported 

A joint re.soliition " of thanks to and for the relief of Major Gaspar 
Tochman, formerly of the Polish Army; " 

which was postponed, placed on the Calendar, and ordered to be 
printed. 

Mr. Farrow, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the memorial of Gen. G. Tochman, asking relief from expenses 
incurred in raising the Polish Brigade, reported back the same with 
the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its fur- 
ther consideration, and that it be laid upon the table and printed; 
which was agreed to. 

Mr, Heisk^l, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the claim of Flag Officer F. Forrest for eight tons coal purchased for 
office use, reported back the same witli the recommendation that the 
committee be discharged from its further conHideration, and that it do 
lie upon the table ; wnich was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the same committee, also submitted a written 
report upon the same subject ; which was laid upon the table. 

Mr, Heiskell, from the same committee, reported 

A bill "to provide for the renewal of papers which hare been 
destroyed ; " 



280 JOURNAL OP THE tJune ". 1«44. 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed upon 
the Calendar. 

Mr. Heirikell, from the same committee, co "phom had been refer- 
red the claims of John Y. Flowers, R. Y. Jones, and G. T. fi. White, 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the conimittee 
be discharged from their further consideration, and that tliey do lie 
upon the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Electiona, to whom had been 
referred 

A bill " to provide for holding elections in case of vacancy in the 
representation of any State in the Congress of the Confederate 
States," 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Claims, reported 

A bill " to suspend certain laws therein mentioned and to provide 
for compensating the services of officers;" 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed on the 
Calendar, 

Mr. Heiskell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the memorial of J, F. McClnre, qnarterma.ster. Confederate States 
Army, asking relief from loss incurred by losing chest containing 
his papers, etc., reported back the same with the recommendation that 
the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that 
it do lie upon the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Holliday, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to provide comi>ensation for officers and privates who may 
have heretofore performed the duties of drillmasters under the orders 
of their superior officers;" 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, and place<l upon 
the Calendar. 

Mr. Holliday, from tlie same committee, to whom had been refer- 
red the memorial of Henry Miller, asking compensation for property 
destroyed by Confederate forces at the battle of ^Miite Sulphur, and 
the memorial of F. W, Bass, asking for the reissue of certain coupon 
bonds destroyed by fire, reported back the same with the recommenda- 
tion that the committee be discharged from their further considera- 
tion, and that thev do He upon the table ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of Sorth Carolina, from the same committee, to whom 
had been referred a joint resolution of the Senate (S. 19) "for the 
relief of Captain Walker Anderson," reported back the same with 
the recommendation that the committee he discharged from its fur- 
ther consideration, and that it do lie upon the table ; which was 
agreed to. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, from the same committee, to whom 
had been referred a Senate bill {S. 9) "for the relief of- Green T. 
Hill," reported back the same with the recommendation that it l)e 
postponed and placed upon the Calendar; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Smith or North Carolina, from the same committee, to whom 
had been referred the claim of Henry E\all for making Himdr\' plans 
and drawings for flags and seals, n'ported back the same with the 
recommendation that the committee be discharged from itfi further 



Jane 14, 18fl4.] HOUSE OF REPRESENT ATUTHS. 231 

consideration, and that it be refpired to the Committee on Accounts; 
which was agreed to. 

Mr, Smith of North Carolina, from the same committee, to whom 
had been referred a Senate bill (S. (iH) " for the relief of Mrs. Marga- 
ret A. Rice," reported hack the same with the recommendation that 
it be postponed and placed upon the Calendar; which was agi-eed to. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 1) "'to provide 
and organize a general staff for armies in the tield, to serve during 
the war;" which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Chambers moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred to u committee. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Chambers moved the previous question ; which was ordered. 

The question l>eing on ordering the bill to a third reading. 

It was decided in the afTirmative. 

The bill having been read a third time, and the question recurring 
on its passage, 

Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which wei-e ordered. 

And i-ecorded as follows, viz : j jj^^ in 

Yeas: Anderson, Barksdale, Boyce, Branch, Brid^rs, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Biuce, Ilumett, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Col- 
yar, IJupre, Elliott, Fuller, Funsten, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hart- 
ridgf, Heiskell, Hilton, HoUiday, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T, Leach, 
Machen, Menees, Miles, Montague, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Russell, 
Shewmake, Simpson, W. E. Smith, and Villere. 

Nays: Baylor, Blandford, Chilton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing. 
Farrow, Foote, Foster. (Jaither, Holder, Johnston, McMullin. J. M. 
Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Welsh, Witherspoou. and 
Mr, Speaker. 

So tne bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

The following message was ivH-eived from the Senale, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary: 

Mr. Hiirfiier: Tlie Semite Imve ronciirrprt In tlie nmendmeiit of the Houho of 
K«>l>ri^'iitiitlve!< til tlu> bill of tlip Semite (S. TiT)) to authorize tbe formation 
lit wx iiiiuiiiiiiiciH. til Im" i-oiMiKwi^l of KU|H-riiiiiiierni'y oflleers who muy resign to 
Join nikIi (■oiiimiiiidH. mill to limit iniil reslrU-t the iipl Kiln t men t of offleers In 
efrt:i1n cjisi-k. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 36) " to provide 
for the impressment of the railroad iron, equipments, and rolling 
stock of railroads when the same shall become necessary for the public 
defense, and to make further provisiouH for the efficient transporta- 
tion of troops and military supplies;" which was read a first and 
second time. 

Mr. Lyon moved a suspension of the niles. 

Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays ; 

WTiich were ordered, 
■ And recorded as follows, viz: \ v.„^ 1""" I 23 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 
>r. Bruce, tForatio Vt. Bruce, Burnett, Ohamliers, Clark, Colyar. 
Cruikshank, Uupre, Elliott. Ewing, Foster, Funsten, Gholson, Gomle, 



232 JOURNAL OF THE [Jone 14. 1864. 

Heiskell, Johnston, Keiiner, Lyon. Marshall, McCallum, Menees, 
Miles, Montague, PerkinH, Pugh, K<ad, Russell, Villere, Welsh, 
Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Anderson. Blandford. Chilton. Clopton, Dickinson, Farrow, 
Foote, Fuller, Gaither. Hanlv, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, 
Machen. McMullin, Shcwmafee, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Triplet!, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion was lost, and the bill was i-eferred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was re- 
ferred to the committw. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill wa.s re- 
ferred to a committee. 

Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

A..d recorded m follow,, vir.: { n^;::;;;;:;::;;:;;;;:;:;:;: ^ 

Yeas : Barksdale, Boycc, Bradley, Bi-anch, Bridgers, EH M. Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Courad. Cruik- 
shank, Elliott. Ewing, Foster, (iholson, (Joode, Hilton, Holliday, 
Johnston, Keeble. Kenner, Lvon, Mat-hen,- McCallum, Menees, Miles, 
Montague, Perkins, Piigh, Read, Rives, Russell, Simpson, Viller^ 
and ^^ right. 

Nays: Anderson, Blandford, Burnett, Chilton, Dickinson, Dupre, 
Farrow, Foote, Fuller, (Jaither, Ilanlv. TIartridge, Holder, Lamkin, 
J. T. Leach, McMullin, Shewmake. J.M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith 
of North Carolina, Triplett, and Wilherspoon. 

So the motion was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House n Senate bill (S. 00) " to amend 
an act entitled 'An act to prohibit the importation of luxuries, or of 
articles not necesssiries or of common use. approved February sixth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty- four ; " which was read a first antf second 
time. 

Mr. Hartridgc moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be 
referred lo a committee. 

Upon which Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

\Vliich were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j «„„„ g 

Yeas : Anderson, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, De Jamette, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gnitlier. Gholson, 
Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lam- 
kin, J. T. Leach, Marshall. McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, 
Montague, Pugh, Read, Rivew, Rus.sell, Shewmake, Triplett, Turner, 
Villere, Welsh, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Barksdale. Blandford, Clark, Cniikshank, Hanly, Lyon, 
J. M. Smith, and W. E. Smith. 

Two-thirds having votexl in the affirmative, the rule was suspended, 
and the bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 



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Jmt 14, 18«4.) HOtJSE Of REPBESENTATIVES. 23S 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill {S. 72) "to amend 
an act entitled 'An act to organize military courts to attend the Army 
of the Confederate States in the field, and to define the powers of said 
courts,' approved October ninth, eighteen hundred and si\ty-two;" 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred to 
:i committee, 

Mr. Hanly submitted the following amendment : 



Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:-! w^^ ?« 

Yeas: Anderson, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, 
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Cruikshank, De Jnrnette, 
Diipre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, <ioode, 
Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Keeble, Kenner, Lvon, Marshall, 
McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Montague, I^erkins. Read, 
Rives, Rogere, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith. W. E. Smith, Trip- 
lett, Villere, Welsh, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Burnett, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Dickinson, Funstcu, 
Gholson, Heiskell, Johnston, Lamkin, J. T. Ijeach, Machen, and Miles. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Hanly moved further to amend the bill by adding at the end 
the following proviso : 

Provided, Tbat In cane nont-ummiHaioned oDicerH and prlvat«fl arc detailed as 
above the; ftbnll be paid tbe fame conipeiwntlon an In otber cukor uf detnll 
under existing Inws : 

Which amendment was lost. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 54) " to organize 
the light artillery of the Confederate States of America ; " which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Mili- 
taiT Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S, 83) " relative to the salaries of the judges of 
the district courts of the Confederate States; " which was read a first 
and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Also, a Senate joint resolution {S. 15) " in relation to tlie Presi- 
dent's salary ; " which was read a first and second time, 

Mr. Foote moved to lay the joint resolution on the table, and 
demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered. 



And recorded as follows, viz : 



I Yeas__ 47 



( Nays 

Yeas : Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Eli M, Bruce, Burnett, Chilton, 
Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Dupri?. Elliott, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Ooode, Hanly, Heiskell, 
Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lyon, 
Marshall, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Perkins, Pugh, 



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2S4 JOURNAL OP THE [Jodp 14, 18«4. 

Rives, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith. Tiiroer, 
Villere, Welsh, Wripht, and Mr. Speaker. 

Navs: Anderson. lilanclford. Bradley. Horatio W. Bnice, Cham- 
bers, De Jarnette, (Jholson. Hilton, Read, Triplett, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

Mr. Lyon moved that the riiles b*' Kiispended to enable the Commit- 
tw on Ways and Means to report. 

Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were onlered, 

And recorded as follows, viz:-j v„.,„ ,0 

Yeaii : Barksdalo, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, 
Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Clark. Clop ton, Conrad, 
Cruikshank, Elliott, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Ooode, Heiskell, Hil- 
ton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lvon, Machen, 
Marshall, McCallum, Miles, Montague, Perkins, Read, feives, Russell, 
Simpson, Triplett, Villere, Welsh, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Anderson, Blandford, Chilton, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, 
Fuller, Hanly, Hartridge, Lamkin, J. T. I^ach, MpMullin, Miller, 
Rogers, Shewmake, J. M, Smith, W, E. Smith, Smith of North 
Carolina, and Turner. 

Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rules were sus- 
pended. 

The following message was received fi-om the Senate, by Mr. Xash, 
their Secretary: 

itr. Speaker: The Setinte have agreed to the amendment of the House of Rp|>- 
rettentatlveH to the Mil <S. •'>,'>) to authorize the formation of new eommandi^, 
to be euiniioMxl of NUjieruumerary oftlcers who uiu>' realKn to join such cuui- 
uiandB. nud to limit luul reKtrlct the appoiatment of olllcent In oertaiu ciii^es. 

And tbey huve rejet-ted the bill of this Mouse (H. K. ir>2) to nmend the first 
nectlon of lui ui:t entitleii "An net to organtiie the clerical force of the Treasury 
Depurtment" apiiriivwl rebrnnry IS, 1802. 

The I'resldent of the Confedemte Suites hns notified the Senate that on the 
l.lth Instant he iipproved nnd signed an act (R. 5!>) to nuthoriz'' the owners of 
the refilHtered eight |)er cent len-yenr convertible tmnde issued tinder ttie provl- 
niuuii of tlie ai't iipproved May 1(S, 18C1. to exchange tlie same for coupon honda 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S. 36) "to provide for the impressment 
of the railroad iron, equipments, and rolling stock of railroads when 
the same shall become necessary for the public defense, and to make 
further provisions for the efficient transportation of troops and mili- 
tary supplies," reported back the same with the recommendation that 



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The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment : 

In section 1, line 4, after the word " railroad." Insert the words " not owned In 
whole or in part by n State, and In xueh case only with tlte consent of the 
authorities of Much Stiite." 

Mr. Miles moved that the hour of adjourninent Ih- postponed until 
3 o'clock. 

Mr. Foote moved that it l>e jxtstponed until half |>ast 2; which 
latter motion j)ivvailed. 



Jane 14, 1S«4.1 HOUSE OP BEPRESENTATIVEfi. 235 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have agreed to the iiitiendmeiibi of tlie House of Rep- 
resentatives to the bill (S. 72) til amend an net entitled "An net to orsantze 
niilltar>- cotirts to iiCtentl the Army of tlie ConfederHte States in tlie field, anil to 
[leflne the powerw of Kald (imrts," !i|>i>r<ived Oetolier ii, 18(!2. 

Mr. Cniikahank. from the C-ommittee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly euro I led 

H. K. 107. An act to amend the tax laws; 

H. R. l.">ri. An art in relation to the pay of clerks in the office of 
the depositary; 

S. 1+. Joint resolution for the relief of James Lyons; and 

S. 12. Joint resolution for the relief of Wellington Goddin. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

Mr. Cniikshank, fi-om the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly enrolled 

H. R. 15. Joint resolution in reference to the exportation of cotton, 
tobacco, military and naval stores, sugar, molasses, and rice, exported 
by any of the Confederate States, and to the vessels in which said 
articles are shipped ; 

S. 70. An ntrt to amend an act entitled "An act to amend an act 
entitled 'An act to organi7.e military courts to attend the Army of 
the Confederate States in the field, and to define the powers of said 
courts,' " approved February 13, 1804; 

H, R. 138. An act to increase the compensation of the heads of the 
several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War 
and the Treasuri' and of the Assistant Attorney-General and the 
Comptroller of tlie Treasury and other officers therein named ; 

S. 52. An act providing fpr th<^ establishment and payment of 
claims for a certain description of property taken or informally 
impressed for the use of the Army; 

S. 5.3. An act to amend the several acts in relation to a volunteer 
navy; 

H, R. 15fl. An act further to amend an act to reduce the currency 
and to authorize a new issue of notes unit Imnds, approved Febniarv 
17, 18(U; 

H, R. 158. An act making additional appropriations for the sup- 
port of the (lovemment; 

S. 49. An act to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors 
for the use of the Army and hospitals; and 

S. 62. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to create a pro- 
visional navy of the Confederate States," approved May 1, 18fi.3. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

The question recurrmg on the amendment of Mr. Smitli of North 
Carolina, 

Mr. Foote <leman<led the yeas and nays thereon ; 

WTiich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: -j v„' 03 

Yeas : Anderson, Blandford, Bradley, Bridgers, Horatio W. 

Bruce, Chambers, Clopton, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Elliott, Farrow, 

Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Hanly. Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, 

Holliday, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Mc- 



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236 JOUENAL op the (June 14, 18M. 

Miillin, Rogers, Rhewmake, Simpson, J, M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villerfi, and Welsh. 

Nays: Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Clark, 
Colyar, Conrad, Dupre, Fiinsten, (xholson, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lyon, Mcnees, Mile-s, Montague, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, and 
Wright. 

So the amendment was agreed to, 

Mr. Ilanly moved (o reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
of Mr, Smith of North Carolina was agreed to. 

The motion to reconsider prevailed. 

The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, 
their Secretary : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Spnate have nKre<Hi to the resolution of the House of 
lU'presen tat i vest exteniling tbe hour for the HtlJournmeDt of the two Houses to 
two and a ha!f o'clock to-da3\ 

Mr. Conrad submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of Mr. Smith of North Carolina (in the nature of a substitute) : 



Mr. Read moved the previous question; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Conrad to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Smith, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr, Smith of North 
C Carolina, 

Mr. Foot(^ demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And rcconk,! .» fciiow«, vi.: { J^:::::::::::::::::":::: g 

Yeas: Bradlev. Bridgers. Clopton. Cniikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, 
Farrow, Foote, Fuller. Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Machen, 
McCallum, Perkins, Rogers, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Aver, Barksdale, Brunch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce. 
Burnett, Chamlx'rs, Clark. Conrad, Dupre. Ewing, Funsten, Ghol- 
son, Goode. Heiskell, Johnston. Kenner, Lyon, Marshall, Menees, 
Miles. Miller, Montague, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Villere, and 
Wright. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

Mr. Foote moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to a third reading. 

Mr. Fuller demanded trie yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which werQ ordered. 



And recorded as follows, viz: -j ., " " ~ ~ os 

Yeas: Anderson, Blnndford, Bradfey, Bridgers, Clopton, Colyar, 

Cruikshank, Dickinson, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller. Gaither. 

Hartridgc, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J, T, Ijeach, McCallum, Mc- 

Mullin, MomM's, Perkins, Shewmake. Simpson, J. M. Smith, W, E. 

Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon. 



June 14, 18M.J HOUSE OF ftEPRESENTATIVES. 237 

Nays: Ayer, BarkK«1a1e, Branpfa, Eli M. Bniw, Burnett, Clark, 
Conrad, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Funsten, Ghotson, Goo<lt^. Johnston, 
Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Marsnall, Miles, Miiler, Montague, Pugh, 
Rives, BuRsell, Staples, Villere, Welsh, and Wright. 

So the motion to reconsider prevailed. 

Mr, Footc submitted the following amendment: 

Adil the ruIlnwlQi; provluo at tbe end of the fifth section: "Provided. That 
notlilni; iu this section of this net ahall lie m> construed uh to «|)eriite in any way 
u|>on the interest or t>ro|)erty of nuy one of the Confwlerate States, or nn pom- 
Ikeillug said StateR or any of them to nppear iis pHrties in any ease before the 
Judielal tribunals of the Confederate States for the defense of said interests or 
property." 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Sec- 
retary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have paiised a I'esolution for the appointment of a 
committee, to Join such committee aa may be appointed by ttie House of Itepre- 
sentativea, to wait upon the President of the Confederate States and Inform 
him that, unless lie may liare soiiie further communleatlon to u>al<e, Ibe two 
Houses are now ready to adjourn, and have appointed Mr. Ilenry, Mr. Barn- 
well, and Mr. Graham as the eoumlttee on their part. 

Mr. Marnhall moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Footc by 
striking out the words " upon the interest or property of any one of 
the Confederate States." 

Mr. McMullin moved to lay the bill and amendmeiit-s on the table ; 
which latter motion prevailed. 

Mr. Conrad, by unanimous consent, offered the following resolution: 

Re»olced, That tbe President be requested to transmit to this House at the 
<t>miueneement of tbe next session a tabular statement showing tbe product 
in each State of the tax in kind for the year elfciiteen hundred and sixty-three, 
said statement to exhibit tbe quantity of each article [wid by the several States, 
the affiTORate qiianlily coutrlhntwl by all the States, and the value then-ot esti- 
mated us In cases of Impressment 

Mr. Smith of North Caraluiu moved to amend the i-esolution by 
adding thereto the following, viz: 

and also a statement of the other taxeH collecte<l from the States. reHi)ectlvely, 
and of the several sourcca from which they were derived. 

The amendment was agreed to, and the resolution as amended 
was adojited. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred sundry i-eports of battles, reported back the same with 
the recommendation that they do lie upon the table; which was 
agreed to. 

Also, a communication from the commanding general relative to 
the tobacco ration, with the recommendation that it be laid upon the 
table and printed ; which was agreed to. 

Also, a report of the surrender of New (Irleans, with the reconnnen- 
dation that it be laid upon the table and that the usual number of 
copies (1,000) be printed; which was'agrced to. 

A mes-sage was received from the Pi-esident, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary, as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The President has to-day approved and signed the following 
acts, entitled 

H. R. lOT. An act to amend tbe tax laws : 

H. R. 13H. An act to Increase tiie compensation of tbe heads of the several 
Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasury 



238 JOURNAL. OF THE [June 14, 18W. 

HU(] uf the AHHiHtaiit Attoruey-tienenil iiiul tite (-'uiu|jtriiller of tlie Treasury adiI 
other otfieere therein niinied ; 

II. It. 15Q. .An act in relation to the pu.v or elerke hi the olUce ot the depositary ; 
II. R. 158. An act making addltioual ni'proprlatlonfl for tlie Hupport of the 
Government ; and 

H. R. 15n. An act further to amend an act to redtii'e the currenej' and to 
authorise a new inane of notes and bonds, ainiroveil February 17, 1804. 
Very respect fnlly. 

BUKTON N. HARBISON. 

Private Sccrclaru- 
RiciiMONn, Va„ June li, ls6i. 

Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider the vote by which the Senate 
bill (S. 3l>) "to provide for the impressment of the railroiid iron, 
equipments, and rolling stock of railroads when the same shall become 
neces.sary for the public defense, and to make further provisions for 
the efficient transportation of troops and military supplies," was laid 
upon the table. 

No qu<iniiii voting, 

Mr. Chaml>ers moved a call of the House, and demanded the yeas 
and nays thereon; 

^Vhich were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: | Nays'"'""""!"'"'! 37 

Yeas: Ayer, Branch, EH M. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Cruik- 
shank, Dickinson. Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, (iholson, Goode, Holder, 
Macheii, Marshall, McCallum, Montague, Perkins, Triplett, Villere, 
Welsh, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Barksdale. Bradley, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Clark, Clopton, Conrad, De Jarnette. I)iipr^. Foote, Foster, Fuller, 
Funsten, Oaither, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday. Johnston, 
Keeblc, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach. Lyon. McMullin, Menees, 
Miles, Read. Rives, Rogers. Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and Staples. 

So the motion was lost. 

Mr. McMullin moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table ; 
which motion prevailed. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the special committee 
under Mr. Pugh's resolution touching the printing of the debates in 
the House us follows, viz: 

Messrs. Pugh of Alabama, Perkins of Louisiana, and Gholson of 
Virginia. 

Mr. Welsh, from the Committee on Accounts, submitted a report; 
which was laid upon the table and ordered to l>e printed. 

Mr. Welsh, from the same committee, imder a suspension of the 
rules, offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved be the House of Re/jreneiitalirrx, That the Doorkeeper of this 
House be directed to pay out of tiie coutiu^nt fund the postage on uopuld let- 
ters addressed to the members thereof, and that he prepay the postage on letters 
and other documents sent from the city of Richmond to members at other 
places. 

The Chair appointed Messrs. Russell of Virginia, Barksdale of 
Mississippi, ana Foster of Alabama a committee on the part of the 
House to wait upon the President in conjunction with a similar com- 
mittee which had been appointed by the Senate, and ascertain 
whether he had any further communication to make. i '-■ \ , 



laae U, ISW.J HOUSE OF BBPRESENTATIVE8. 239 

The Chair laid before the House a coiiimiinic&tioii from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 
To (Ae Hou»e of Repregentaticcs of the Congreits of the Cinifcdcrate States: 

I herewith ivturti to you tin ii<'t to amend iin act entitled "Au act to reduce 
tbe euirency iind to autlinrlze n new Ihruc of noten and Inndn," approved Feb- 
ruary 17, 1864, wltli the objections which induce me to withhold my approval 
thereof. 

t'nder the iirovisious of the act of B'ebruary 17, 18tt4, all Treasury notes aliove 
tbe del louil nation of $5, not benrlng interest, which shall not hiive been funded 
eaKt of the MlsslBsippl on April 1, ISM, and on the lut of Jnly west of 
tbe Misslsslpf>l. are made subject to o tai of 33i cents on the dollar. Notes of 
the ilencniluation of JlOO are lunde subject to a further tax of 1(1 per cent per 
nioiiih until funded: and all these notes outstanding on January 1. 18C5, are 
theu taxed 100 per cent. 

The ofTeet of thoxe provisions east of the MiKSlsalppI Is to reduce the nouiiual 
rnte of all notes oiie-thlrd after the Ist of April; to Increase this re<luctl<)» 
10 per cent per month on the ^100 notes until November 1, 1804. at which date 
they arc extlniniislied, and on January 1, ISOTi, to ejitlngulsh the other notett. 
The amendatory act wlilcli It Is now i>roiX)sed to i>nss crnuts to certain persons 
the prlvll^e of funding at luir all these notes until 1st of January. 1800. and 
thus 111 elTe<-t gives to tliem precisely the ri);bts which are taken away from 
all other cltlKena by tbe original act. 

The extent of this prlvllcm may l»e measui'ed by the fact that the $1(NI notes 
outstanding on the 1st of April were estimated by the Secretary of the I'reasury 
to amount to 128,000,000. In tbe hands of persons not embraced by tlie amenda- 
tory net. they have already lost one-third of their nominal value. They con- 
tinue to lose 10 per cent per month, and Anally on November 1 such as remain 
onlstaudlng will cease to have any value. Rut in the liands of tbe persons 
described in tbe amendatory act they all Stand good against the Government 
for tlieir entire original value. 

The j)ersons to whom this privilege Is granted are, hy the terms of the amend- 
atory art, diHiwsed Into two classes— 

1. Iioyiil citizens or persons belonging to the Confederate States Army within 
the enemy's lines as prisoners of war. 

, 2. Other loyal itersons held prisoners, who. Iiy reason of the occupation of the 
enemy of the sci.'tion of the country In which they resideil, and the Interruption 
of the |H>stnl iind telegraphic coniinunlcatlon or other unavoidable cause, were 
prevented from obtaining thnely information of tbe reiiulrements of tlte said act, 
or wlio were so situated. In consequence of the movements of the enemy, or the 
casualties of war, as to be unable to cou)i)ly with the provisions thereof. 

The evidence which the act requires to establish the fact!* upon which tbe 
claim rests Is the simple affidavit of the cluininnt, ond It Is only In case of hie 
Inability to make affidavit that su]>pletory proof Is i-eriulrcd. 

Tbe persons described In this law comprehend the population remaining In 
several States of tlie Confederacy and large portions of other States. The only 
exception Is of such as may be unwilling to maUe oath of loyalty. Tbe law does 
not even restrict Its benefits to loyal cltiKcns, but espiressly Includes "other per- 
soDB," and contains no Indication of tbe meaning to I* attached to the word 
" loyal " when applied to persons not citizens of the Ooiifpiierate States. 

It Is known that very large amounts of Treasury notes have fallen Into tbe 
hands of the enemy by the fortunes of war, and one of the results accomplished 
by your predecessors In affixing short delays foi" funding was to prevent tbese 
notes from becoming available to the plunderers who bad robt)ed our cltistena. 

It Is too plain for doubt that our enemies, wbo have not hesitated In the 
attempt to defraud the Treasury and the people by means of counterfeited 
notes, would have little scruple or dlfflcidty in devising means to bring them- 
Reives within the terms of the bill under i-onslderation. It Is hut a moderate 
ealeulutlon to say that at the present moment taxes which have accrui?d to the 
Treasury, and on which the bill would take effect, amount to $50,000,000, and 
this sum would probably be doubled at the end of the period fixed for claiming 
tbe benefit of Its provisions. 

The bill contains no adequate safeguard for the protection of the Treasury, 
No means are provided for testing the truth of the affidavits on which millions 
of dollars are to be paid out of tbe public purse. No commissloni-r. no (ourt. no 
offlcei Is directed or even authorized to Investigate a claim. The oatji of any 



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luaii whu Ih willing to swear to the requlrementB of tbe law Ib to be conclUBivp. 
The outstanding bills for $10() on tbe east of the MIsHlHslppl must amount 
to mauy nilllloiiH of dollars and can not now be funded for more than 47 per 
cent of their nominal value, and such as are not funded by the 1st of Noreni- 
ber next will be extinct. The bill leaves the Treasurj' )'t the mercy of dls- 
honest men fur this whole amount with less protection tlian experience has 
shown -to be necessary to guard It against an overcharge in tbe purchase 
of ordinary supplies. It is not doubted that there are many ezceptloDal 
cases in whicli tbe law of February last will operate harshly aud even unjustly. 
The d<«lre to relieve prlBcmers of war. as evinced by tlip iiaasage of this bill. Is 
not only uaturnl but commendable, and I would cheerfully cooperate with Con- 
gress In tiny measure necessary to attain that object. If so guarded as to protect 
tbe TreuHury from fraudulent claims. In thin bill there Is an absence of aecee- 
sary safeguard, and I am therefore unable to give It my approval. 
1. JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

IticuMOND, Va.. ■luiie H, 186i 

^ On motion of Mr. Marshall, the further consideration of the bill 
was postpontnl until the 3d day of the next session, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Sec- 
retary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The President of the Confederate Stales has notified the Senate 
that he did. on this day, approve and sign acts and Joint resolutions of tbe follow- 
ing titles, viz: 

S. 49. .^n !\vt to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors for tbe use 
of the Army and hospitals; 

S. 52. An net providing for the establishment and payment of claims for a 
certain description of pro[>erty taken or informally Imprrased for tbe use of tbe 

S. 77, An act to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce tbe currency and to 
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds." approved February 17, 18<H ; 

S. 12. Joint resolution for the relief of Wellington Goddln ; 
I S. 14. Joint resolution for the relief of James Lyons : 

S. 13, Joint resolution de<-laring the dispositions, principles, and purposes of 
tbe Confederate States In relation to tlie existing war with the United States : 

S. n,"!. An act to amend the several acts In relation to a volunteer navy ; and 

S. 02. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to create a provlsioaai navy 
of the Confederate States." approved May I, 1863. 

Mr. Barlts<lale, under h suspension of the rules, offered the follow- 
ing resolution ; which was adopted : 

Remlvil. That the priviit^e lie granted to Mr. Barksdale of wttbdrawtDg from 
the files of the House a bill and accompanying papers for tbe relief of Natbanl^ 
Moore, and u iietltion and accompanying paiiers relative to the claim of J. aod T. 

I Mr. McCaltuiii, under a sii^peiision of the rules, introduced 

A joint resolution "of thanks to Major-General Forrest and the 
officers and men of his command ;" 

which was read a first and second time, engrossed, read a third time, 
and pas^d. 

Mr, Machen, from the Committee on the Commissary and Quarter- 
master's Departments, reported back 

A bill " to aid in the buildins of a railroad from FayettevilleT 
North Carolina, to Florence, Soiitn Carolina ;" 
which was postponed arid placed upon the Calendar. 

Also, a bill " to provide for tlie payment of horses killed, captured, 
lost, or permanently disabled in the Confederate States service." 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the affirmative, 

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Mr. Machen, from the same committee, to wliom had been referred 

A bill (H. B. 140) " to enable the citizens of Virginia and others to 
supply the city of Richmond with food," 

reported back the same with the recommendation that it be postponed 
and placed upon the Calendar ; which waa agreed to. 

Mr. Lamkin, from the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads, 
to whom had been referred 

A bill (H. R, 85) "to amend an act of the Provisional Congress 
entitled 'An act relating to the prepayment of postage in certain 
cases,' approved July twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it be postponed 
and placed upon the Calendar; which was agreed to, 

Mr, Lamkm, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate joint resolution (S. 11) "relating to the exchange of the 
daily newspapers of the Confederate States with those of England 
and France," reported back the same with the recommendation that 
it be postponed and placed upon the Calendar; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Heiskell, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution ; which was adopted : 

Kemlied. That tbe Select Couimlttpe to Inquire Into the Aliunea and Griev- 
ances iu East TennesBee and Southwenteru Vlr^ciala have leave to sit during 
the recess, and that tbey have power to send for [lersoDs and papers. 

Mr. Chambers, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom 
had been referred 

A bill (H. R. 112) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to organize 
forces to serve during the war.' approved February seventeenth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four," 

reported the same back with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to amend the act entitled 'An act to organize forces to 
serve during the war,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. Barksdale moved that the rules be suspended, and demanded 
theyeas and nays thereon ; which were not ordered. 

The motion was lost, and the bill was postponed and placed on the 
Calendar. 

Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, to whom had been re- 
ferred 

A bill (H, R. 49) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to increase the 
eiEciency of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slaves 
in certam capacities,^ approved February seventeenth, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four, and to repeal an act for the enlistment of cooks 
in the Army, approved April twenty-first, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-two," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The bill was postponed and placed upon the Calendar. 

Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, to whom had been re- 
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A bill (H. R. 9) " to organize a corps of scouts Hiid signal guards," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The bill was postponed and placed on the Calendar. 

Mr. Triplett, from the Committee on Claims, to whom had ]>een 
referred the claims of W. E. Persons, S. B. Canadiiy, and the memo- 
rials of Charles W. Wilkinson and sundry (ithens, reported the same 
back with the recommendation that thoy do lie upon the table; which 
was agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred a Senate bill (S. 48) " to amen'd the act to provide an 
invalid corps, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four," reported back the same with the rcconmiendation that it 
be postponed and placed upon the Calendar ; which was agreed to. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. OC) " to amend the act entitled 'An act to 

Srovide for the public defense,' approved sixth March, eighteen hun- 
red and sixty -one," with the same recommendation; which was 



Also, a Senate bill (S. 69) "to retire or drop field and company 
officers from the Army in certain cases," with the same reconinienda- 
tion ; which was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr. Turner, leave was granted him to record his 
vote on the bill " to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors 
for the use of the Army and hospitals " in the negative. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution: 

ReKolved. Thnt the clialrmau of the Committee on the Comml»«iry and Quar- 
termaster'a Dciiartments, with two other nieiuliorK of the coumiitlee tit be 
selected by him, be enij>onered to Bcruttiilze the fruunts alleged to exist In aald 
departments In Kichmond and elsewhere after the present session of Congress 
shall have come to a close and duriuK the i)erlod which will elapse between the 
close of said present session und (be hefciiiniuf; of the next one; that said sub- 
committee have |>ower to visit any piirt of the Confederary which tbey may 
Judge most convenient In their Investigations on this subject; that tliey have 
full power to send for tversons and iiaiiers and to keej) In their employment a 
competent secretnry, and that the Infonnntioii whicli may be thus obtained by 
them shall be reimrted to the whole of said committee at the next session of 
Congress, to be afterwards luld before the House In such manner as they sliall 
deem most discreet. The niemlwrs of said snbeommlttee and secretory shall 
be allowed transportation and the actual esiwnses Incurred by theni In travel- 
ing from place to place. 

Mr, Keeble moved to amend the resolution by striking out all after 
the word " discreet." 

The amendment was lost, and the resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Clopton, from the Medical Committee, reported 

A joint resolution " for the i^lief of prisoners of war; " 
which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed upon 
the Calendar. 

Mr. Funsten, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom had 
been referred the memorial in behalf of Commander Maurv and 
others, of the Navy, reported the same back with the recommenclation 
that the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and 
that it do lie upon the table ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Clopton, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
the memorial of the Virginia Voitmteer Navy Company, praying for 
officers and men. reported back the same with the recommendation 
that the committer be discharged fix>m its further consideration, and 
that it do lie upon the table ; which was agreed to, 

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Mr. Ht'tHkell, from the Committee on ClaiiuK. to whom had been 
referred 

A bill (H. R. 13) " for the relief of .lames Wils«»ii Dennett, assist- 
ant quartermaster of the Confederate States," 

reportwJ back the same with the recommendation that it do lie upon 
the table; which waw agreed to. 

Mr. Dupre. from the Joint Committee on Printing, submitted a 
written report; which was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Ru.ssell, from the joint committee to wait up<m the President, 
reported that the committee had performed that duty, and that the 
President had informed them that he had no further communication 
to make, except to notify the House that he had aiRxed his signature 
to certain bills. 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary, as follows, viz: 

Executive Office. Rirhinond. T'o.. June /,(. IHGi. 
To the bonorahlo Speakrb of the Hoi;bb of ItEPREsENTATnES, 

Mr. Speaker: Thi> PreRldtat tinn to-iln; n|)|iri)ve<l anil eigned tlie followiue 

H. R. lliU, An act to amend the Ihwh relating to the eoiumutatlon value of 
hospital nitlons. 

Very reBtwotfuily, your obedient » 



A message was received fn)m the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secre- 
tary of that l>ody; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. fliieakfr: The President of the Coiifederiite Statos hiis notified the Seiinte 
tliHt he has thin day iipproved and HiKhed afts of tiie MIowIiik tltien. liK : 

S. 1. An H<'t to provide und organize a general stuff for anuleu in the fit>ld. to 
nerve during tlie n-iir ; 

S. 55. All act to authorize the foriuutloii of new I'oiuiuand.'*, tu i>e (xnitiKMed 
of Hui>ernuiueniry otIicerH who may rtinlicii to join Huch coiuniaiidx, and to limit 
and restrict the apiHiiutiuent of officerM In certain ciihos ; 

S. .'iS. An net to uutborize the apitolntnient of iiuiirterniai'terH and aiuilatant 
QuarteriiinKteni and comuiissarles and asslstaut t-ommlsHiirieM in the Provi- 
flomil Anny In certain <'iib('h ; 

8. m. All act to amend an act entitled "An net to prohibit tlie Iniiiortatlon 
of luxurli"*!. or of iirticles not neceaBarlCd or of (i)nini(ni use," approved February 
B. IWti; 

a. 01. An a<'t to amend an act entitled "An ai-t ti> orKaniKo military courtH to 
attend the Army of the Coiifnlerate StateH In the Held, and to define the jkowerH 

S, 70. An ai-t to amend an act entitled "An act to amend an act entitled "An 
act to orRanize military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States In 
the field, and to define the powers of wild TOUrts,' " approved February 13, IWH ; 

8. 7:!. An act to amend an net entitled "An act to orRanlze milibiEy courtu to 
attend the Army of the Confederate Rtxtef In the Held, and to define the powers 
of sold ciiurts," approved October 9, 18C2. 

The hour having arrived, 

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

THE CONFEDERATE CONGRESS. 



HECO}lD COXGREKS. HECOXD SESS/O.V. .VOI'E.MBKB 7, IStii. TO MARCH 

J8. iser,. 
FIRST DAY— MONDAY, Nov-embeh 7, 18P>4. 

OPEN SE8S10K. 

The House met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. 
Dr. Duncan. 

Upon the call of the roll the following members answered to tlieir 
names : 
From the State of — 

Alabama William P. Chilton. 

David Clopton. 
James S. Dickinson, 

Abkansas Thomas B, Hanly. 

FL(>Rn>A Robert B. Hilton. 

(JEORfiiA William E. Smith. 

Mark H. Blandford. 
Clifford Anderson. 
John T. Shewmake. 
Joseph H. Echols. 
James M. Smith. 
George N. Lester. 
Hiram P. Bell. 

Kentticky Willis B. Machen. 

George W. Triplett. 
Henry E. Read. 
James S. Chrisman. 
Theodore L. Burnett. 
Horatio W. Bruce. 
Humphrey Marshall. 
Eli M. Bruce. 
James W. Moore. 

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Ix)TTi8iANA Charles J. Villere. 

Lucius J. Dupre. 
John Perkins, jr. 

Mississippi Jehu A, Orr. 

Israel Welsh. 
Ilenrv C. Chambers. 
Ethel'bert Barksdale. 

MissouEi Thomas L. Snead. 

-John B. Clark. 
Aaron H. Conrow. 
George G. Vest. 
Robert A, Hatcher. 

NoBTH Carolina James T. Leach. 

" Thomas C. Fuller. 
Josiah Turner, jr. 
John A. Gilmer. 
James O. Ramsay. 
Burgess S. Gaither. 

Tennessee William G. Swau. 

John P. Murray. 
Edwin A. Keefele. 
Thomas Menees. 
Michael W. Cliiskey. 

Virginia AVilliams C. Wickham. 

Thomas S. Gholson. 

Thomas S. Bocock. 

John Goode, jr. 

William C. Rives. 

Daniel C. De Jamette. 

John B. Baldwin. 

Waller R. Stanles. 

Samuel A. Miller. 

Robert Johnston. 

Charles W. Russell. 
The oath to support the Constitution was administered by the 
Speaker to Messrs. Wickham, Cluskey, Snead, Conrow, Vest, and 
Jiatcher. 

A mcs,sap:e was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Si'cre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Spcak/'r; 1 am directed liy tlie Sennte to Inrorni the House of Represent- 
ativPH tEiHt II qHoruiii of the Spnnte has awfinhled, niiii tlwt the Seonte in 
ready to proceed to businPSK. 

Mr. Chilton moved that a message be sent to the Senate to inform 
that body that a quorum of the House was present, and that the 
House was ready to proceed to business; which motion prevailed. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution; which was 
adopted; viz: 

Reitolvei, Tbat a committee on the part of the Ilouxe be appointed, to net 
witii Hiich committee hr the Senate may appoint, to wait upon tbe Tresideut 



HOUSE OF KEPBESBNTATIVES. 



The Chair appointed Messrs. Chilton of Alabama, Clark of Mis- 
souri, and De Jarnette of Virginia the committee on the part of the 
House. 

On motion of Mr. Barksdale, leave of absence was granted his 
colleague, Mr, Singleton, who was detained from his seat by injuries 
which he received by falling from his carriage. 

On jnotion of Mr. Swan, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Heiskell (now a prisoner in the hands of the enemy). 

On motion of Mr. Lester, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Akin (detained from his seat by indisposition in his 
family ) . 

Mr. Blandford introduced 

A bill " to levy additional forces for the armies of the Confederate 
States ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution : 

Resalved, That tbe valor, coustancy, and endurauce of our citizen soldier*, 
nssisted by tlie Hteudy cooi>eration of all <'1]isHeH of populatlou not in the flelil, 
will (TODtlniie a Kultlclent gunmnt.v of tbe riglilR of tbe States nnd the liide- 
jiendence of tbe Coufederate States. 

On motion of Mr, Chambers, the consideration of the resolution 
was postponed until Thursday morning, and made the special order 
after the morning hour. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill "to abolish promotion by seniority in the Army and sub- 
stitute instead promotion from and to all ranks from merit and 
capacity alone ; 

which was read a first and second time and referred, with accom- 
panying jjapers, to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Mdes offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Benoh-eil, Tlint the Committee on Military Affairs be luBtnioted to tntjulre 
Into the expediency of reoricanlslus tbe caviilr.v service uimu the basis of the 
Uoreniment and not the privates owning the horses used by the lattei". also 
of BfTordinK Just compensation to oQlcers for their horses killed, lost, or ills- 
nMed In the service. 

Mr. Murray introduced 

A joint resolution " in relation to the Government of Mexico; " 
which was read a first and st^cond time an<i referred to the Committee 
on Foreign Affairs. 

Mr. Swan offered the following resolution: 

Resiolrril, That in the JiidEinent of tills House no exigency now exists or is 
likely to occur In the niilitiiiy ufTalrs of the Confederate States which demands 
that neen)es shall l>c plai-eil In servk-c iis soldiers In the fleld. 

Mr. Swan moved that (he consideration of the resolution be post- 
poned imtil Thurstlay. and demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 
Which were ordered, 

1 Yeas _ _ 3S 

And recorded as follows, viz:-j v,,,,„~ " go 

Yeas: Anderson, Bell, Blandford, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, 
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Conrow, De Jarnette, Dupre, 
Ecliols, Fuller, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hatcher, Hilton, 



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Lester, Miller, Orr, Ramsay, Rives, Russell, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Snead, Staples, Swan, Welsli, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Baldwin, Barksdale, Eli M. Bruce, Clopton, Cluskey, Dick- 
inson, Farrow, Hanly, Johnston, Keeble, J. T. Leach, Machen, Mar- 
shall, Menees, Miles, Moore, Perkins, Read, Shewmake, Simpson, 
Triplett, Turner, Vest, Villere, Wickham, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: I am directed l>y tbe Keiiate to lutorDi tbe House of Rei>reseiita- 
tjves tbat the Henate hiive ii|>|iolntetl a t-omiuittee, Jointly witb the eommittee 
appointed ou the part of tbe Houne of Ke|)i-t>!«iitatlveR, to wait on the President 
of the Confedertite Stat&t und Inform hiiu that a quorum of each House hafl 
asiienibled, and that Coni^reas la ready to reoelve any c-ominun I cation be may t>e 
pleased to make; and tbe Senate hare np[>olnted an hucIi oouimlttee on their 
part Mr. Hill, Mr. Barnn-ell. and Mr. GnUiam. 

Mr. Chilton, from the committee to wait upon the President, re- 

g triad that the committee had performed their duty, and that the 
resident had informed them that lie woidd immediately send to the 
House a message in writing. 

Mr. Rus.sell offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That tbe President be requested to communicate to this Hou»>e a 
copy of Captain Farinbolt'a re|K>rt of the engagement at tbe Staunton River 
Bridge on the tweiity-flftb June, eighteen buudred and slsty-four. 

Mr, Staples offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on Ways and Means Inquire Into the expediency 
of reporting a bill bo uiodlfylnx the act of tbe Heventeecith E'ebruary. eighteen 
hundred and sixtj-four. lni]Kwlng taxnt. ax to authorize the holders of four per 
cent certificatee or bonds to uste tbe same In tbe [layment of all taxes assessed 
In the year eighteen hundred and sixty-four. 

Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Resolved, That the Committee on Foreign Affaira Inquire as to whether any 
further legislation Is necessary to facilltiite the exchange of prisoners, 

Mr. Russell introduced 

A bill '■ granting seats on the floor of the House of Representatives 
to the principal officers in the Executive Departments; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
•on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Moore offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Re«(j(rctf, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to bring In a 
bill appropriating ilollars for the purchase of comfortable clothing for 

our soldiers wbo are prisoners of war in the hands of the enemy. 

Mr. Clark introduced 

A bill " to construe and declare more explicitly the meaning of an 
act to increase the compensation of tlie heads of the several Executive 
Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasury 
and of the Assistant Attorney-tieneral and the Comptroller of the 
Treasury and other officers therein named, approved June fourteenth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty- four ; '' 

which was read a first and second time und referred to the Committee 
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The Chair laid before the House a message from the President; 
which was read as follows, viz : 

' Krpreneiitatireii of the Confederate States of 

It la wltb satlsractlou that I welcome your preeence at an earlier day than 
that usuni for your session, and with confidence that I Invoke the uld ot your 
countielfi at n time ot Kuch public exigency. The campaign which waH <-(im- 
menced almost simultaneously with your ee!«lon early In May last, and which 
was still 111 iirogress at your adjournment in the middle of June, has not yet 
reached Ita close. It Iuib been iirosecuted on a scale and with au enerRy hereto- 
fore unequaled. When we rerert to the condition of our country at the Inci^ptlon 
of the operations of the pretient year, to the magnitude of the preparations made 
by the enemy, the number of his forces, the accumulation of his warlike sup- 
plies, and the prodigality with which bis vast resources have been lavished In 
the attempt to render success assured : wlien we contrast the numl>ers and 
means at our disposal for resistance, and when we contemplate the results of a 
struggle apparently so uuequal, we can not fail, while rendering the full meed 
of deserved praise to our generals and soldiers, to ivercelve that n power blRber 
than man ban willed our deliverance, and gratefully to recognize the protection 
of a kind Providence in enabling us successfully to withstand the utmost efforts 
of the enemy for our subjugation. 

At the beginning of the year the State of Texas was partially In posses- 
sion of the enemy, and large portions of Louisiana and Arkansas lay apparently 
defenseless. Of the Federal soldiers who invaded Texas none are known to 
remain ex<-ept as prisoners of war. In northwestern Louisiana a large and 
well appointed army, aided by a powerful fleet, was reiieatedly defeated, and 
deemed Itself fortunate In finally escaping with a loss of one-third of Its num- 
bers, a large part of its military train, and many transiMrts and gimboatR. 
Ttte enemy's occupation of that State Is rednced to the narrow district com- 
manded by the guns of his fleet. Arkansas has been recovered with the excej)- 
tlon of a few fortified i>ost8, while our forces have t>enetrated Into central Mis- 
souri, affording to our oppressed brethren In that State an opportunity, of which 
many have availed themselves, of striking for liberation from the tyranny to 
which tliey have been subjecte^l. 

On the east ot the Mississippi, In H|>lte of some reverses, we have much cause 
for gratulatlon. The enemy hoped to effect during the present year, by coni-en- 
tratlon of forces, the conquest which he had previously failed to accomplish by 
more extended operations. Coni|ielled. therefore, to withdraw or seriously to 
weaken "he strength of the armies of occupation at illlTerent points, he has 
afforded us the opjiortunity of recovering possession of extensive districts of 
our territory. Nearly the whole of northern and western Mississippi, of north- 
ern Alabama, and of western Tennessee are again in our possession; and all 
attemiits to penetrate from the coast line Into the Interior of the Atlantic and 
Gulf States have been baffled. On the entire ocean and Gulf coast of the Con- 
federacy the whole success of tbe enemy, with the enormous naval rexoun-es at 
Ills command, has been limited to the capture of tbe outer defenses of Mobile 
Bay. 

If we now turn to the results accomplished by the two great armies ho con- 
fldeotiy relied on by the invaders as sufQcient to secure the subversion of our 
Government and tbe subjection of our people to foreign domination, we have 
still greater cause for devout gratltnde to Divine I'ower. In southwestern 
Virginia successive armies which threatene<l tbe capture of Lynchburg and 
Saltvllle have been routed and driven out of the country, and a i>ortion ot east- 
em Tennessee reconquered by our troops. In northern Vii^inln extensive 
districts formerly occupied by the enemy are now free from their presence. In 
tbe lower valley their general, rendered desperate by his Inability' to maintain 
a hostile occupation, has resorted to the Infamous expedient of converting a 
fnilttnl land Into a desert by burning Its mills, granaries, and homesteads, and 
destroying the food, standing crops, live stock, and agricultural Implements ot 
peacefnl nonconibatants. The main army, after a series of defeats in which Its 
l0H»es have been enormous; after attempts by raiding parties to break up 
our railroad communications, which have resulted in the destruction of a large 
part of the cavalry engaged in the work; after constant repulse of oft-re|»eated 
asBauIts on onr defensive lines. Is, with the aid of heavy reenforcements, but 



250 JOURNAL OF THE INov. T, 1864. 

wltb, It Is boped, wnnlnt; prosp«-t o( furtber iirogress In the design, still engs)^ 
In an effort, eomuieiiced more tban roiir iiioiitbs iigo, to (.'upture the town of 
Petersburg. _ 

The uriuy or General Kheruinii, nitliougb suei.'eeding, at the end of the sum- 
iiier, In obtiiliiit)^ iKWHesHiuu of AtlRtitn, has boeo unable to xecure any iiltl- 
uiiite ndvatitaKe from IIiIh xuii-exs. Tbe same Keuera]. wbo In February last 
marched a large army from Vk'kBbnrg to Merkllaa n-ltb uo other result thon 
belug forced to mari'b Imi-k ngalii. wuh able, by tbe nld of greatly tui^reased 
numbers, and nfter uiui-h ileliiy, to foiy-e u iiaxsage from C'battauooga to Atlanto, 
only to be for the second time i'Oni|>ellc>d to withdraw on tbe line of bU advance 
wltbuut obtaining contro! of a single mile of territory beyond the narrow tratit 
of hlH inarch, and tvttliout galniiiK aught beyond tbe iirniirious possession of a 
few fortified points In wblcb he Is compelled to maintain heavy garrisons and 
wblcb are menaced with niviT'ture. 

The lessoua affiirded by the history of this war are fraught with Instruction 
and encouragement- Ilcpeatedly during the war have formidable expeditions 
been directed by the enemy against |>olnts Igimrantly su|>[)osed to be of vital 
Importance to tbe Coufnlcracy. Some of these ei^iiedltions have, nt Immense 
cost, been successful, but In no lnstan<-e liave the promised fruits been reaped. 
Again, In tbe present campaign, was tbe delusion fondly cherished that the 
capture of Atlanta and Ulchni<)nd would, if effected, end the war by tbe over- 
throw of our Uovernmeiit and tbe submission of our iieople. We can niiw judge 
by exi)erlence bow unimiKirtant Is tbe influence of the former event u|>on our 
capacity for defenue. u|kiu the courage and spirit of tbe people, and tbe sta- 
bility of the Government. We may In lite manner Judge tUot If the campnigu 
against Richmond bad resulted in success Instead of failure; if tbe valor of tbe 
army, under tlie leadeiiilil]) of ItM accomplished comnninder. had resisted Id 
vain the overwlielnilng masses wliicb were, on the coiitrnry. decisively repulsed ; 
If we bad been compelled to evacuate Richmond as well as Atlanta, tbe Confed- 
eracy would have reuialued aa erect and deOant as ever. Nothing could have 
been changed In tbe pnriiuse of Its (iovemment. in the Inilo nil table valor of Itn 
trooi>B, or In the unquenchable spirit of Its people. Tbe balfled and disap- 
pointed foe would in vaiu have scanned tbe reports of your priK'eedings, at some 
new legislative seat, for any Indication that i)rogress bad been made In bis 
gigantic task of coni|ucrlng a free people. Tbe truth, so patent to us, must 
ere long be forceil u|Hiri the reluctant Northern mind. There ai-e no vital polntn 
on the preservation of wblcb tbe continued e.vlstence of the Confederaty 
depends. There Is no military success of tbe enemy which can acoimipllsb its 
destruction. Not the fall of Richmond, nor Wilmington, nor Charleston, nor 
Savannah, nor -Moliiie, nor of nil combined, can save tiie enemy fniiff the con- 
stant and exhaustive drain of blood anC treasuiv which must continue until 
he shall discover that no peace Is attainable unless based on the recognition of 
our indefeasible rights. 

Before leaving this subject It Is gratifying to assure you that tbe military 
supplies essentially requisite for putilic defense will lie found, as heretofore, 
adequate to our needs, and that abundant crops hove rewarded the laix>r of 
the farmer and rendered abortive tbe Inhuman attempt of the enemy to produce, 
by devastation, famine among the people. 

It Is not In my i>ower to announce any change In the conduct of foreign 
[Niwei's. No such action has been taken by the Christian nations of Eurogie as 
might Justly have been e\|iected frani Ihelr history, fnini the duties Imitosed by 
International law, and from the claims of humanity. It Is charitable to attrlb' 
lite their conduct to no woi'se motive tluiu ludllTereHcc to the consequences of 
a straggle which shakes only tbe republlctm iKirtioit of the American continent, 
and not to ascribe to design a courKe calculated to Insure the prolongation of 
bostllltles. 

No Instance in history Is remcml»ered by me in which a nation pretending to 
exercise dominion over aniitlier awiertiiig its 1ndc|)endence has been tbe first 
to concede tbe existence of sucli independence. No case can he recalled to my 
mind In which neutral iHiwers have failed to set tl»e example of recognizing 
the indei>endence of a nation when satisfleil of tbe Inability of Its enemy to 
iinbvert Its government, and tills, too. In cases where the previous relation 
between the contending jiartles had lieen confessedly that of mother country 
and deiiendeut colony ; not, as in our case, thnt of coequal States united by Fed- 
era! compact. It has ever been coiislderoil tlie projier function and duty of 
iK-utral powers to perform the olltce of Juilnlng whether. In |xilnt rf fact, the 
nation asserting dominion Is able to make £ood Its pretenslous tiy force of 



Not. 7. isai.l HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 251 

anus, nnd If not, l»y rp«ignitioii of the resisting party, to didcoiintenaniv tbe 
further Mntlnuauce of the cootest. And the reawii why this duty Is liK-uni- 
beot on neuti-al iiuwern Ix pliilnly nppureut wlieu ne reflect that tlie ]>rlde and 
passion which hllnd the judgment of the parties to the cunfllct cause tile 
continuance of ai'tlve warfare, and consequent uxeless slaughter, long after the 
Inevitable result has become apparent to all not engaged In the struggle. So 
lung, therefore, as neutriil nations fail, by rec<^nltion of our Independence, to 
announce that In their Judgment the United States are unable to rednce the 
Confederacy to snbniissiun. their conduct will lie acceiitetl hy our enemies as a 
tacit enc(iurai»>nieiit to (-initluue their elFortK, nnil as an lu]|>lled assurtinre 
that belief is entertained by neutral nnlloiis In the success of tbeir designs. 
A direct stlnmlns, whetlier intentional or not, Is thus applied to securing a con- 
tinuance of the carnage and devastation which desolate this continent nnd 
which they profess deeply to deplore. 

The disregard of this Just, humane, and Christian public duty by the nations 
of Europe Is the more reiuarkable from the fact that authentic expression has 
long sincv been given by the Governments of both France and England to the 
conviction that the United States are unable to (ronquer the Confederacy. It 
is now more than two years since the Govennnent of France announced offl- 
einlly to the cabinets of London and St Petersburg Its own conclusion that the 
United States were unable to achieve any decisive military success. In the 
answers sent by those {Ktwers no intluiatiou of a contrary opinion was conveyed : 
and It is notorious that In speeches, both in nnd out of Parliament, the members 
of Her Britannic Majesty's Government have not hesitated to espress this 
conviction In unqunilGed terms. The denlnl of our right under these circum- 
stances Is BO obviously unjust and discriminates ho uufnirly In favor of the 
United States that neutrals have sought to iialliate the wrong, of which they 
are conscious, by professing to consider, in opposition to notorious truth and 
to the known belief of l>oth belligerents, that the re<'ognitlon of our Independence 
would be valueless without their further Intervention In the struggle, an 
Intervention of which we disclaim the desire and mistrust the advantage. We 
seek no favor, we wish no Intervention, we hnow ourselves fully com|>etent to 
uiaintsin our own rights and Inilciiendence iigalnst Che Invaders of our <^untry: 
nod we feel Justilted In asserting that without the aid derived from recruiting 
their armies from foreign countries the Invaders would ere this have been 
driveu from our soil. When the recognition of the Coiifedera<-y was refused 
by Great Britain in the fail of ItMJS. the refusal was excused on the ground that 
any action by Her Majesty's Government would have the effect of Inflaming 
the passions of the belligerents and of preventing the I'elurn of )>ence. It Is 
assumed that this opinion was sincerely entertained, but the esperlence of two 
years of uneiiuai carnage shows that It was erroneous, and tlmt the I'csult was 
the reverse of what the British ministry humanely desired. A contrary policy, 
n policy Just to us. a |N>llcy diverging frou) an unvarying course of concession 
to all the demands of our enemies, la still within the power of Her Majesty's 
Government, and would. It is fair to presume. l>e productive of consequences 
the opposite of timse which have unfortunately followed Its whole course of 
conduct from the commencement of the war to the present time. In a word. 
|H-a<-e Is iiniiosHible without inde|)endenre, nnd it Is not to be eX|)ected that 
the enemy will antlci[)ate neutrals In the recognition of that Indeiiendencc. 
Wlieii the history of this war shall be fully disclosed, the calm Judgment of 
the Impartial publicist will, for these reasons, be unable to absolve tlie neutral 
nations of Euro|>e from a sliare In the moral responsibility for the myriads of 
human lives that have been unnecessnrlly nacrlflced during Its progress. 

The renen-ed instances In which foreign powers tiave given us Just cause of 
oompiairit need not here be detailed. The extracts from the cori-espondence of 
lite State De|>artinent which nccomiHiny this message will afford such further 
Information ns can be given without delrlineut to the public Interest; and we 
niust reserve for tlie future snch action as may then be deemed advisable to 
secure redress. 

Your sjieclal attention Is earnestly invltetl to the report of the Secretary of 
the Treasury, submitted In conformity with law. The facts therein disclosed 
are far from discouraging, nnd demonstrate that, with Judicious legislation, we 
shall be enabled to meet all the exigencies of the war from our abundant re- 
sources, and avoid, at tlie same time, such nn accumulation of debt as would 
render at all doubtful our cajmclty to redeem It. 

The total receipts into the Treasury for the two quarters ending on the ^tii 
Sept^ubcr, 1861, were $415,191,550, which sum, added to the balance of f3i))i.- 



252 JOURNAL OP THE tMov. 7. I8S4. 

SS'i.TSS ttiat retiinliieU in the Tn-iiHurv on tlip 1st Apr!) last fortUJ :i tutui of 
$723,474,272. Of this total not far from half— tbat Is to say, $3425«0,327— 
bave been iipplled to thp estluctlon of tlie puMk' debt, wblle tbe total ex|ieDdl- 
tnres have beeu f:i7"2,378.5<6. leaving a balance In the Treasury on the Ist 
October. 1804. of J108.435.440. 

The total amount of the public debt, as esblblted on tlie l)ookR of the Re^ix- 
ter of the Treasury ou the 1st October, mn, wan $1,147,970,208. of nhlcli 
$M9,:M0.090 were funded d(4it bearing interest, $^83,880,150 were TreiiBury 
nolen of tUe new Issue, and the remainder i-iinslsted of the former Issue of 
Treasury notes which will l)e converted Into other forms i)r debt and will cease 
to exist lis currency on tbe 31st ne^t inoTith. 

The i-eport, however, explains tlint In consequence of t1»e absence of certain 
returns from distant olDcerH the true amount of the debt Is less by nbout 
twenty-one iind n half millions of dollars than a|i|>eai's on the boobs of the 
Register, and that the total public debt on the 1st of last month may be fairly 
considered to hnve been *1.]2(i,381,095. 

Tlie increiise of the imlilic debt during the six months from the Ist April to 
the Ist OctolK'v was $!)7,i;iK>,T8(l, belnit rather more than $10,000,000 per month, 
and It will bo apparent nn a perusiil uf the re|x>rt ttuit this augmentation would 
have been avoided and a jiOHltive reiiuction of the amount would have been 
effected but for certain defects In the legislation on the subject of the finances, 
which are pointed out in tbe reiiort and which seem to admit of easy remedy. 

In the statements Just made the foreign debt Is omitted. It consists only of 
the unpaid balance of the loan known as the cotton loan. Tbis balance is but 
£230,000, and Is adequately provided for by about 250,000 bales of cotton 
owned by the Covernnient. even If the cotton be rated as worth but li i>enoe per 
jMiund. 

There Is one Iteai of the public debt not Included in the tallies presented, to 
which your attention Is rei|ulre<l. The Ixiunty bonds promised to our soldiers 
by the third section of the act of 17th February, 18C4, were deliverable on the 
1st October. The Secretary lias lieen unable to isaue them by reason of an 
omission In tbe law, no time treing therein Qxed for the payment of tbe bonds. 

The BgRregate appropriations called for by the different departnient» of the 
Government according to the estimates submitted with the retfort. for the six 
months ending ou the :tOtli June. 18(h'i, amount to $438,102.(i70. while the Rnre- 
tary estimates that there will remain unexpended out of former appropriations 
on the 1st Januarj', IHti-l, n bnliince of $407,4 10.504, It would therefore seem 
that former cHtlinales liave itcpii larpily In excess of actual expenditures, and 
tbat no additional apgiropriatlons are re<|uired fur meeting the needs of the 
public service U|) to tlie 1st July of nest year. Indeed. If the estimates now 
presentetl should prove to be as much In excess of actual exi)eiiditures as has 
heretofore t)een the case, a considerable balance will still remain unexpended 
at the close of tbe first half of the ensuing year. 

The chief dlllicuitj' to l>e njiprebended in connection with our Bnances results 
from tlie deproclatUm of Treasury notes, which seems Justly to be attributed 
by the Secretary to two <'aiisi>s — rc<lundancy In amount and want of contldeiice 
In ultimate i-edeinptlon ; for lioth of whi(;li remedies are suggested ttiat will com- 
mend themselves to yonr i-unsldcratlon as Iteing practicable as well as efficient. 

The ninin features of the plan presented are substantially these: First, that 
the faith of tbe (iiivernuieut l>e p1eilKc<l timt the notes shall ever remiiln exempt 
from taxation ; second, tbat no Issue shall be made beyond tbat which la 
already authorized by law; third, tbat a certain fixed [wrtion of tlie annual 
recei|itH from taxation during the war shall be set apart s|)eclally for the 
gradual extliKrtion of the outstatallnj; titnonnt until It shall have been reduceil 
to $150,000,000; and fourth, the pledge and ai>proprIatlon of snch proportion of 
ttie tax In kind, and for such tmmber of .venrs after the return of |ieace. as aball 
be sufndcnt for the Anal redemption of tbe entire circulation. Tbe details of 
the plan, the calculations on which it Is liase<l, the efliclency of Its operation, 
and the vast advanlages wblch would result from Its success are fully detailed 
in tlie reix>rt and c:in not lie fiilrly preaeuted In a form suRlclently condensed 
fur this luessage. I doubt ikot it will receive freni you tbat earuest and candid 
cousiderailon wblch Is merited by the Importance of tbe snbject. 

Tbe recommendations of tlie report of the repeal of certain provisions of tbe 
tax laws tvhleb produce Inefjunllty In the burthen of taxation: for exemptiog 
nil <rOvernnient l<)ans from taxation on ciipital. and from any adrerse dis- 
crimination In taxation on income derived from them: for placing the taxation 
ou bunks ou tbe same footing as tbe taxation of other corporate bodies ; for 



yov. 7, 1864.] HOUSE OF KEPHESENTATIVBS. 253 

securing the payment Into tLe Trpnsury of tbat portioii of tbo bank circulation 
which ie liable to conflscatlou because held by uhen enemies : Tor tbe conversion 
of the Interest-bearluK Treasury notes noiv outstiindliiK Into coupon bouils. and 
for tbe quarterly collection of taxation: oil present practical questions for 
legislation, wblcb, if wisely devised, will greatly improve the public credit and 
alleviate the burlliens now Imposed by tbe eitrenic and uonecessiiry dejireela- 
tlon in the value of the currency. 

Tbe returns of the Produce Loan Bureau are submitted with the report, and 
the Information Is conveyed tbat the Treasury agency in the T^ans-^flssiRS1ppl 
Department has been fully organized and is now In operation with promise of 
efflclency and euccess. 

Tbe provision heretofore made to some extent for Increasing the compensa- 
tion of public officers, civil and military, la found to be In some places Inade- 
quate to tbeir support— perhaps not more so anywhere than In Richmond — 
and Inquiry with a view to appropriate remedy Is suggested to your con- 
sideration. Tour notice is also called to the condlllon of certain officers of the 
Treasury, who were omitted In tbe laws heretofore passed for the relief of other 
public officers, as mentioned In the report of the Secretary of tbe Treasury. 

The condition of tbe various branches of tbe military service Is slated In the 
accompanying report of tbe Secretary of War. Among the suggeHtiona made for 
legislative action with a view to add to the numbers and efflclency of the 
Army, all of which will receive your consideration, there are some prominent 
topics which merit special notice. 

Tbe exemption from military duty now accorded by law to all persons 
engaged in certain speclBed pursuits or profeivions is sIiowd l>y experience to 
be nnwlse, nor is it believed to be defensible In theory. The defense of Iwme. 
family, and country is unlveraally recognized as tlie paramount [ralltlcal duty of 
every member of society, and In n form of government like ours, where each 
citizen enjoys an equality of rights and privileges, nothing can be more 
invidious than an unenual distribution of duties and obligations. No pursuit 
nor iwsltion should rellWe anyone who Is able to do active duty from enrollment 
in the Army, unless his functions or services are more useful to the defense 
of bis country In another sphere. But It is manifest that this can not be the 
case with entire classes. All tel^rnph o|)erntors, workmen In mines, professors, 
teachers, engineers, editors and employees of neivsimpers, Journeymen printers. 
sboeniakers. tanners, blacksmiths, millers, physicians, and the numerous other 
classes mentioned In tbe laws, can not. In the nature of things, l)e either equally 
necessary in their several professions, nor distributed throughout the country In 
t-uch proportions that only the exiict numbers required are found In each locality ; 
iioF ran It be everywhere Impossible to repbice those wltbln tbe conscript age 
by men older and low capable of active Seld services. A discretion should be 
vested in the military authorities, so tbat a sufflcleut numl>er of those essential 
to the public servlco might be detailed to continue the exercise of their 
pursuits or professions, but the exemption from service of tbe entire classes 
should be wholly abandoned. It affords great facility for abuses, offers tbe 
temptation as well as tbe ready means of csca)>ing service by fraudulent 
devices, and Is one of tlte (irlnclpal obstructions to the efficient operation of the 
conscript laws. 

A general militia law is needfnl In the interest of the public defense. Tbe 
Const It ut Ion, by vesting the power In Congress, lin[K)ses on It tbe duty of 
jiroviding " for orgunlzbiK. arming, and discipliaing the mllltla. and for govern- 
ing such part of them as may be employed In tlie service of the Confederate 
States." The great diversity In tbe legislation of Hie several States on this 
suhjec't and the absence of any pi'ovlslon establishing an exact method for 
calling the mllltla Into Confederate service are sources of embarrassment 
which ought no longer to t>e suffered to Impede defensive measures. 

The l^islatlon in reliitii>n to tbe cavalry demands change. The iKilicy of 
requiring the men to furnish their own horses has proven pernicious In many 
resitects. It interferes with discipline. Impairs efficiency, and Is the cause of 
frequent and prolonged alisence from appropriate duty. The subject Is fully 
treated In the Secretary's rc|iort. with suggestions as to the prot)er u 
reforming that branch of tbe service. 

Tbe recommendation hitherto often made Is again renewed, that b< 
l)e adopted for tbe reorganization and consolidation of conipanics and regiments 
when so far reduced In numlters as seriously to Impair tiieir efficleniT- It Is 
ibe more necessary that this should be done, an tbo absence of legislation. on tbe 
subject has forced generals lu the fleld to resort to various exiiedleuts for 



254 JOUBNAL or TUE [Not. T, 1864, 

iilHiroxImating the desired end. It is eurelj an evil ttint a comuiandlng oBimr 
tibonld be plaivtl lu i\ poeltion wlik'ti fortes upon blni the choice of allowing 
tlie efflolem'}' or tiix command to be serlouHly liu|iaired or of atteniptlng to 
supply by the exercise of doubtful autborlty the witnt of proper legal provision. 
The regard tor the Benslbillty of oHlcera wlw have heretofore nerved with credit, 
and which ie believed to be the controlliug motive that baa hitherto obBtructed 
legislation on this subject, however honorable and proper, may be carried to a 
lioint which aerlously Injures tbe public good; and If this be the case, It can 
scarcely be questioned wblcb of the two cons l<le rat Ions sboukl 1)e deenied 
paramount. 

The Secretary's recommeudations ou tbe subject of facllltnllng tbe acquisition 
of the Iron required for maintaining tbe elKcieucy of railroad comuiuDlcntlon on 
tbe liu|iortant nillltiiry llnea are counuended to your favor. The necessity for 
tbe oi>eratlon in full vigor of such lines is too apparent to need comment 

The nuestion In dispute l>etweeD tbe two Governmentx relative to the exchange 
of prisoners of war has been frequently presented In former messages and 
reports, and la fully treated by the Secretary. The solicitude of the (Jovernment 
for the relief of our captive fellow-clttzens has known no ahatcmcnt. but has. on 
tbe cuntniry, been still more deeply evoked by the additional sufTerlngs to which 
they have been wantonly subjected, by deprivation of adequate food, clothing, 
and fuel, which they were not even [lemiltted to purchase from tbe prison sut- 
lers. Finding that tbe enemy attempted to excuse tbcir barbai-ous treatment 
by the unfounded allegation that it waa rctnilatory for like conduct on our part, 
an offer was made by us with a view of ending all pretext for such recrimina- 
tions or pretend<^ retaliation. 

The offer iiaa been accepted, and each Government Is Hereafter to be allowed 
to provide necessary comfortu to its own citigwna held captive by the other. 
Active efforts are In iirogrcse for the Inmiedlate execution of this agreement, and 
It Is hoped that but few days will ela|iso before wc shall be relieved from the 
distressing ttiougbt that painful jibyslcai suffering Is eiK^red by so many of our 
feilow-citlzena, whose fortitude in captivity lllustrate^he national character 
as fully as did tbeir valor in actual conllict. 

The employment of slaves for service witli the Anny as teamsters or cooks, or 
in tbe way of worii upon fortifications, or in tbe Government workshops, or In 
hospitals, and other similar duties, was authorized by tlie act of 17th February 
last, and provision was nnide for their Impressment to u number not eicceedlng 
20,000, if It should be found impracticable to obtain them liy contract with the 
owners! The law contemplated the hiring only of the labor of these slaves and 
lmpose<l on the Government the liability to |my for the value of such as might be 
lost to the owners from casualties rcKultlng from their employment in the 

This net has produced less result than was antici])ated. and further provision 
is required to render It eOlcacious. But my present imrposc is to invite your con- 
sideration to the iirojirlety of a radical modification lu the theory of the law. 
Viewed merely as pro[)erty, aud therefore as tbe subject of impressment, tbe 
.service or labor of tlie slave has lieen frequently claimed for short periods In 
tbe constniction of defensive works. The slave, however, heara anotljer relation 
to the State— that of a iierson. The law of last February contemiilates only the 
relation of the slave to the master and lludts the Impressment to a certain term 
of service. But for the purisjses enumerated in the act. instrui.'tion in the manner 
of eucsimplug. marching, and i>ork1iig trains Is nee<lful, so that even In tbis lim- 
ited employment length of service adds greatly to the value of the negro's labor. 
Hazard is also enc-ountered In all the |)osltions to which negroes can be nsslgnad 
for service with tbe Army, and the duties required of tliem demand loyalty and 
zeal. In this aspect the relation of iwrson pi-eilominates so far as to render It 
doubtful whether tiie private right of pro|)erty can consistently and beneficially 
be contlimed. and it would Kcein proiier to acijuire for the public service tlic 
entire prniierty In the lalxir of the slave and to pay tlierefor due corn[ieusatkii!, 
rather than to impress his labor for short terms; and this the more especially as 
the effect of the present law would vest this entire pro|)erty in all cases when- 
the slave might be recaptured after compensation for bis loss had been paid t > 
the private owner. Whenever the entire property In the service of a slave 1-: 
thus acquired by the Government, the question is presented by what tenuiv hi- 
should be held. Should he be retained In servltuile. or should his emancipation 
be held out to him as a reward for faitiifiil service, or should It l« granted at 
once on tbe promise of such service, and If emancipated, what action slinnld 
be takeu to secure for tlte freedmau the permiaalou of tbe State from which he 



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was ilmwD to reside wlttalu its liniitB iifter the eli«e of IiIh public srrTipe? The 
I)eruiii»loii would doobtlesn l)e more reudily ai-poriieil lis a reward for past 
faitbfnl serri(.-e, and ii double motive for zeiiloua dlsebarge of duty would tbus 
be offered tv tbose emiiiuyol by tiie Government — their freedom and tbe grati- 
fiention vf the lo<'ni iittiichiiient whk-h \n so marked u eharucterlHtlc nf the noi;n), 
aud foruis so ixtwerful an liiceoElve to bin action. Tiie irailcy of engatciii): to 
litrerute the ne^o on bis discUiirKf after werviiv faltbrutiy rendered -seeuis to me 
■■referable to that of KrantiiiK immediate niaiiumlsaion or that of retalnliig him 
ill servitude. If this iwiU'y sliould re<-ommeud itself to tbe Judgment of Cou- 
KTcKi', It Ih suKRestett that, iu addition to tbe duties heretofore |)erfornietI by the 
alnve. be inlKht be adviiiitaKeonHly euipluyed as pioneer and engineer laborer; 
and In that event that tiie nuuilier xliould lie augmented to 40,1X10. 

Beyond this limit and tbese eni|iloynients it does not seem to me desirable, 
under esiating circuuistaDceM. to (to. A broad moral distinction exists between 
tbe u^C of shives as soldiers in tbe defense of tlieir liomes and ttu> luoltement of 
(be same persons tu insurrection ai;ainst tbeir masters. The one Is Justifiable, 
if ne<'es9ary. ttie other is iniquitous and unwortby of a civilized people; and 
such is the Judguieut of all writers on iiubilc law. as well as tbat expressed and 
Insisted on by our enemies in ail wars prior to ttuit now waged against us. By 
none biive the practices of which tbey are novv guilty l«*ii denounced with 
f^reater severity than by themselves in tbe two wars with Great Britain in the 
last and In tlie preseut century ; and in the I>eciaratlon of Independence of 177l^ 
when enumeration was made of tlie n'rongs which Justllted the revolt from 
Great Britain, the cllmas of atrocity was dceniMl to lie reached only when tbe 
English monareh was denounced as having "ciclted domestic Insurrections 
amongst us." 

Tbe subject Is to be viewed by us, therefore, solely in the light of policy and 
our so<-in1 economy. When so regarded. I must dls.sent from those who advise 
a general levy and arming of tlie slaves for the duty of soldiers. Trntll our 
white population shall prove InsulHcient fur tbe armies we require and can 
alTord to keeii In tbe Beld. to employ as a soldier ttie negro, wlu> has merely been 
tralnetl tu laiior, and as a laborer the white mau accustomed from his youth to 
tlie H.'ie of firearms would son'cely 1* deemed wise or advantageous by any, 
and this Is the fiueatlon now before us. But sliuuid the alternative ever Ite pre- 
sented of subjugation or of the employment of tbe slave as a soldier, ttiere seems 
no reason to doubt what should tbeu tie our de<-ision. Wiiether our view em- 
bra(« what would, in so extreme a t-ase, be tbe sum of miwry entailed by the 
dominion of tlie enemy, or be restricted solely to tbe etTc<'t uiion the welfare 
and happiness of tbe negro population themselves, the I'esuit would l>e tbe same. 
Tlie apiaiiliug demoralization. sulTerIng, disease, and death which buve been 
caused by iMirtially substituting the Invotlers' S}-stem of imlice fur tbe kind 
relation previously subsIstliiK between the master and slave have l-een a suffl- 
clent demonstration tbat esternal Interference with our institution of domestic 
slavery Is pi'ialufllve of evil only. If tlie subject IuvoIvihI no other cutis IderatI on 
than the mere right of property, the aaerificos heretofore made by our people 
have been such as to permit no doubt of their readiness to surrender every poa- 
hession In order to secure their iudeiieudcnce. But the social and imlitical ques- 
tion, which is exclusively under the control of the several States, has a far 
wider and mure enduring lintKirtance than that of (lecuniary Interest In its 
manifold phases it embraces tlie stability of uur re|mbli<'an institutions, resting 
on tbe actual political e<|uality of all Its cJtiKeiis. aud includes Ilie fulfillment of 
the task which has been so happily begun— tiiat of improving the condition 
and Christian isting tbe Africans who have, by the will of I'rovideu<-e. lieen |>iaced 
Id our charge. Comitaring tbe results of our own experience with those of the 
experiments of others who liave borne similar relations to tbe African race, the 
lieople of the several Stales of the Confederacy have abundant reason to be 
satisfied with tbe past and to use tbe Kreatest ciix'umMi>e<'tloD In dctei'iiilnlng 
tlieir course. Tbese considerations, liowever. are rather applicable tu the ira- 
t>robable contingency of our need of resorting to this element of resistance than 
lo our present condition. If tbe recommendation above made for tbe tnilniag 
of -K>.<KI0 negroes for tbe sei-vlce Indicated slioiild meet your approval. It Is cer- 
tain that even this limited numlier, by tbelr preiinratory training in Intermedi- 
ate duties, would form a more valnable reserve force, in case of nrgency, than 
threefiiid their number suddenly calleil froyi field lalwir. while a fresh levy 
could, to a certain extent, supply their places In the si>eclal service for wlileh 
they are now employed. 



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256 JOURNAL OF THE [Not. 7, 18«4. 

The refculnr annual reporta of tbe Attoraey-Qeneral, the Secretary of the 
Navy, nnd the PoBtmaater- Genera) are ajipeDded. and give ample Information 
relative to tbe condition of tlie resjieotlve DeiMirtmeiit^. They coiibiin suft- 
fcestlons for legislative itrovlsioitn required to remedy such dpfecta In the exlBt- 
lug laws aa have Iteen disclosed by experience, bnt noo« of bo general or Im- 
imrtaot a character as to require that I ahould do more than recommend them 
to your favornhlp consideration. 

The disposition of this Government for a peaceful aolntlos of tbe iasuce which 
tlie enemy has referred to the arbitrament of anna has been too often mani- 
fested and is too well Itnown to need new assurances. But while it ia true that 
indivldniiN and parties in the ITulted States have Indicated a desire to sob- 
Ktltute reiiBim for fori*, and by negotiation to stop the further sacrifice of hu- 
man life, and to arrest the calamities which now BiBlct both countries, the 
authorities n-lio i-ontroi the (ioverunient of our enemies have too often and- too 
clearly expressed tlielr resolution to make no peace exc^t on terms of our 
unconditional submituiion and degradation, to leave us any hope of the cessation 
of taoftlllties until the delusion of tbeir ability to coniiuer us Is dispelled. 
Among those who are already dis|)osed for iieace, many are actuated by prin- 
ciple and by disapproval and abhorrence of the iniquitous warfare that their 
Government Is waging, while othcra are moved by tbe conviction that it Is no 
longer to tbe Interest of tbe t'nited States to continue a stnire'e In which suc- 
cess is unattalnahle. Whenever this fast-growing conviction shall have taken 
ririn root In the minds of a majority of the Northern people, there will be pro- 
duced that wllllngnem to negotiate for peace which Is now confined to our side. 
Peace is manlfestiy im[KiMslt)le unless desired by both parties to this war, and 
the disposition for it among our enemies will be best and most certainly 
ekvked liy the denionstmtlou on our imrt of ability and unshaben determination 
to defend our rights and to hold no earthly price too dear for their purchase. 
Whenever there shall be on the Jinrt of our enemies a desire for peace, there 
will be no dllUculty in finding means by which ni^i^itintlan cnii be opene<l; 
but it is obvious that no agency can be called Into action antil this desire shall 
l>e mutual. When that contingency stmll happen, the government to which 
Is confided the treaty-making jxuver can he at no loss for means adaptetl to 
aw-omplish so desirable on end. 

In the hope that the day will soon bo reached when, under Divine favor, tbeue 
States may be allowed to enter on tbeir former peaceful pursuits and to develop 
tbe abundant natural resources with wbicb they are blessed, let us, tlien, reso- 
liilely continue to devote our uulteil and unimpaired energies to the defense of 
our homes, onr lives, and our liberties. This is tbe true path to peace. Let us 
tread it with confidence in the asstired result. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

ItiCHMONn. Va.. .Vorcmftcr 7, 11^04. 

The Cliair laid befoiT the House a communication from the Se*'re- 
tarv of the Treasury. 

On motion of Mr. Marshall, the reading of the communication of 
tlie Secretary of the Treasury and the documents accompanying the 
mcfBage of tlie President was dispensed with. 

Mr. Marshal! moved that 2,000 copies of the mes.sage of the Presi- 
dent, of the reports of the Secretaries of the Treasury and of War, 
of the Postmaster-General, and the Attorney-General be printed. 

The rule liaving been (suspended requiring the motion to be referred 
to the Committee on Printing, the motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Chambers, the report of the Secretary of the 
Na^-y was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, with instruc- 
tions to report whether it shall be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, so much of the President's message as 
relates to finance, together with the report of the Secretary of the 
Treasury, was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means ; so much 
as relates to military affairs, together with the report of the Secretair 
of War and the accompanying documents, to the Committee on Mib- 



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tary Affairs ; so much as relates to naral affairs, together with the 
report of the Secretary of the Navy, to the Committee on Naval Af- 
fairs ; so much as relates to postal affairs, with the report of the Post- 
master-General, to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post- Roads; 
so much as relates to the judiciary, with the report of the Attorney- 
General, to the Committee on the .Tudiciarv; so much as relates to 
foreign affairs, with report of Secretary of State, to Committee on 
Foreign Affairs, and so much as refers to the acquisition of iron for 
railroads, to the Committee on the Quartermaster's and Commissary 
Departments, with instructions to inquire into the general subject of 
increasing the supply of iron and manufactures of iron during the 
war. 

On motion of Mr. Marshall, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

SECOND DAY— TUESDAY, November 8, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

Messrs. Batson of Arkansas and Wilkes of Missouri appeared, were 
sworn to support the Constitution, and took their seats. 

On motion of Mr. Menees, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Atkins, who was detained from his seat by sickness in his 
family, and his colleague, Mr. Cluskey, who was detained by reason of 
his wound. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the gov- ' 
ernor of Virginia, transmitting the proceedings of the governors of 
several of the States of the Confederacy; which, on motion of Mr. 
Perkins, were ordered to be printed and spread upon the Journal. 

The proceedings are as follows, viz : 

Letter frum the governor of Yirginla. cummanicating a series of resolutions 
pasned at a meeting of the yovernort of the States of Virginia. Xorth Caro- 
lina. South Carolina. Georgia. Alabama, and MUslMippl, held in Augusta, Oa., 
on Mondaf. the nth day of October, lS6-i. 

State or ViRoim*, Esecutive Defabtment. 

Richmond, November 7, 186^. 
To the Spcal-er of the House of Representatives of the Confederate Alates. 

Sir: I bcrewitti Inclose tbe [iruoeedlnKS of tbe governorx of several of tbe 
States of the <.-onfederacy. which you will please present to your body. 
I nm, sir, yonrs, most respectfully, 

WM. SMITH. 
At a meeting of the governors of the States of Vlntinla, North Curollna, South 
Carolina. Oeorxla. Alabama, and Mlsnissippl, held In Augusta. Ga.. on Monday, 
the I7tb (lay of October, 186*. Governor William Sniltb prexldiug, after a full, 
free, and harmonious consultation and Interchange of couusel. the following. 
amuiiK other views, were expressed : 

ReMOlved. Tliitt tbere Is nothing In the present aspect of public adalrs to csuse 
any abatement of our zeal In tbe prosecution of tbe war to the accomplishment 
of n peace btiMml tin the Independence of the Confederate States. And to give 
encourafiement Co our brave soldiers In tbe field, and to sti<engthen tbe Con- 
fwleratp Huthoritles In the pursuit of this desirable end, we wilt use our best 
exertions to Increase the effective force of our armies, 
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ReKolveA, That the interests of eacb of our States are identical in the preseut 
StniRKle for seif -government, and wisdom ntid true patriotism dictate that the 
mlDtar; forces of each should aid the others against Invasion and subjugation, 
and for thia purpose we will recommend to our several legUIatures to repeal all 
such laws as prohibit the executives from sending their forces beyond their 
respective limits, in order that they muy render temporary service wherever 
most urgently required. 

Resolved, That whilst It is our puri>ose to use every exertion to Increase tbn 
strength and efficiency of our State and Confederate forces, we respectfnliy and 
earnestly request that the Confederate authorities will send to the Held everj- 
able-bodied man, without exception. In any of Its various departments, whose 
place can be Ailed by eltlier disabled officers and soldiers, senior reserves, or 
negroes, and dispense with the use of all provost and post guard, except In im- 
portant cities or localities where the presence of large boilles of troops make 
them necessary, and with all passport agents ui>on railroads not In the Imme- 
diate vicinity of the armies, as we consider these a^nts nn unnecessary annoy- 
ance to good cltiMus and of no possible Itenefit to the country. 

RfKolved, That we recommend our respective legislatures to pass stringent laws 
for the arrest and return to their commands of nil deserters and stragglers from 
the Confwlerate armies or State troops, and that it l>e made the special duty, 
under appropriate penalties, of all civil and military officers to arrest and 
deliver to the proper authorities ail such dellnquenln. 

And whereas the public enemy, having proclaimed the freedom of our slaves, 
are forcing Into their armies tba able-bodied portion thereof, the more effectually 
to wage their cruel and bloody war agnlust us : Therefore be it 

Resolved, That it is the true policy and obvious duty of all slave owners 
timely to remove their slaves from the line of the enemy's approach, and espe- 
cially those able to bear arms; and when they shall fall to do so, that It should 
be made the duty of the proi)er authorities to enforce the performance of this 
duty, and to give to such owners all necessiiry assistance as far as practicable. 

Kcsoffcif. That tlie course of the enemy In appropriating our slaves who bap- 
pen to fall liitp tlieir liands lo purposes of war seems to Justify a change of 
policy on our part; and whilst owners of slaves, under the circumstances, should 
freely yield them to their country, we recommend to our authorities, under 
proper regulations, to appropriate such part of them to the puhHc service as 
may he re<]ulred. 

Resolved. That the States liave the rlglit to export such productions and to 
Import such supplies as may be necessary for State use or for the comfort or 
support of their troops In service, upon any vessel or vessels owned or char- 
tered by them, aitd that we request Congress, at its next session, to pass lawa 
removing all restrictions which have been Imposed by Confederate authority 
ujwn such exports or Imports by the States. 

And. lastly, we deem it not Inappropriate to declare nur Brm and unalterable 
pur|>oa(. as we believe it to be that of our fellow-citizens, to malataln our right 
of self-government, to estabtlah our Independence, and to uphold the rights and 
sovereignty of the States, or to perish In the attempt. 

Resolved, That the chairman be requested to send a copy of these resolutions 
to His Excellency President Davis, one each to the President of the Senate and 
the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to be laid before the respective 
bodies, and one to the governor of each State In the Confederacy. 

The Chair also kid before the House a communication from Cap- 
tain Lee, in charge of the office of orders and detail, Confederate 
States Navy Department, transmitting for distribution 100 copies of 
the Navy Itegister for 1864 ; which was laid upon the table. 

Mr. Hanly offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Reeolved, Tliat the President be respectfully requested to communicate to this 
House whether any appointments have been made under the act entitled "An 
act to provide and organize a general stuff for armies in the field, to serve 
during the war,i' approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; 
and If not, wby bave not such appointments been mad« in pursuance of said act 



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Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz : 

Resolved. That the Cotiiiulttee on Military Affaire be, and they nre ber^y, 
iDBtructed to iDquire wbetlier the otBcers and privates of our armleB hare or 
have not been paid for the paat several months; and If not. why. 

Mr. Blandford introduced 

A bill " to repeal an act entitled 'An act to impose regulations upon 
the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the 
public defense,' approved February sixth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Commerce, 

Mr. Bell offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

ReBoived, That the Committee on Military Affaire be instructed to Inquire 
Into the cause of tbe absence of bo many offlcere and tsoldiers from the Army, 
BDd ascertain whether the failure to beep them ivith their pro|>er commandH 
results from defective legisliftlon or Inefliclent enforcement of the law, and 
report by bill or otherwise such measure as In their Judgment will moat s|)eedily 
and effectually return them to their respective coromandB, and )>revent In the 
future tbe recurrence of such unauthorized absence. 



Mr, Burnett introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Bri^dier-General John S. Wil- 
liams and the officers and men under his command for their victory 
over the enemy at Saltville, Virginia, on the second day of October, 
eighteen hundred and sixty- four ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Chnsman offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Retolved, That the President be respectfully requested. If not Incompatible 
with the public Interest, to cause to be furnished to this House tbe names of alt 
persons specially exchanged by tiie commissioners of exchanjce since the estab- 
lishment of the bureau for tbe exchange of prlsouere; ulsu the time of tbe cap- 
tore and the date of exchange. 

Also, the following resolution : 

Resolved. Thai this House do now proceed to draw for seats. 

Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered, and the resolu- 
tion was adopted. 

The Chair laid before the House a comnmnication from the Treas- 
urer relative to the pay of members during the vacation; which was 
laid upon the table. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " to provide for the more effectual punishment of crimes and 
misdemeanors against the Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Also, a bill " to define the crimes of larceny and embezzlement 
B^inst the Confederate iStfites; " which was read a first and second 
tune and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Also, a bill "to regulate the compensation of certain officers;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciftry. 



260 JOUBNAL OF THE INot. 8, 18«4. 

Mr. Vest introduced 

A bill " for the relief of Major John Reid, of Missouri; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced 

A bill '' for the suppression of intemperance and its concomitant 
evilrt in the civil and military departments of the Confederate Gov- 
ernment; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Miles introduced 

A joint resolution *' authorizing the raising and organizing of a 
Polish legion ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill " to authorize the consolidation of companies, bat- 
talions, and regiments; " which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a bill '^to construe and declare more explicitly the meaning 
of an act entitled 'An act to increase the compensation of the heads 
of the several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary 
of War and the Treasury and of the Assistant Attorney-tieneral and 
the Comptroller of the Treasury and other officers therein named,' 
approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;" which 
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Bcgolved. That the Committee on the Judiciary be InBtrncted to Inquire Into 
the expediency of adopting some legisliitloq by which citizena of the Confedprate 
States liable to military duty now aiiseut abroad (uulws in Governmeut servlee) 
and not resident abroad at the (.•omnieu cement of the present Wiir may be 
compelled to return and perform eucb military diit>', upon pain of confiscation 
of their property and effects, or deprivation hereafter of the elective francliisp, 
or Huch other penalty as may be deemed most effectual for Inducing sticli ab- 
sentees to return to and assist In defending the soil of tlieir conntrj-. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution : 

Resolved. That the Doorkeeper of the House be. and he la hei-eliy. instructed 
to procure and place upon the desks of the aeveral members of tiiis body three 
of the morning papers printed In this city during: each day of the pi-esent ses- 
Bton, at some early hour thereof, each meml>er being allowed to designate the 
papers which he prefers. 

Mr. Baldwin demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

^Tiich were ordered. 

And recorded as follows, viz: j \Byg " ~~~11~11 41 

Yeas: Bell, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Honitio W. Bruce, Burnett. 
Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Colyar. Dickinson, Dupre. Foote, Gilmer. 
Hanly, Keeble, Kenner, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Murray, Read, W. E. 
Smith, Snead, and Triplett. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Chambers, Clopton, Con- 
row, be Jamette, Echols, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, 
GocKie, Hatcher, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Lester, Lyon, Machen, 
Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rives, Rus- 
sell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith. Staples, Turner, Vest, Viller€, 
Welsh. Wickham, Wilkes, and Witherspoon. 

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Mr, Foote offered the following resolution : 

Re»olved, Tbat It be tbe duty of the Doorkeeper to supply eacb oue of ttie 
committee rooms ot the House regularly with the various moralDg papers 
printed In this city. 

Tile resolution was not adopted. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Rcmhcd. That the Coiumlttee on the QoHrtermouter's and Commissary Depart- 
ments lie instructed to inquire si)eelally whether It be true, as rumored, that un- 
douDil and worthless tobacco has been heretofore supplied to our soldiers, in- 
stead of tbe sound tobacco directed by law to tie supplied to tbem, and report 
their action herein to this House as early as practicable. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution : 

Reitolred. Tbat In view of the statement made In the President's message of 
tbe conduct of foreign powers toward us. It Is alike expedient and necessary to 
our own honor as an lude))endent people that all attempts to obtain recognition 
at their bandA by direct efforts of any kind on our part should be desisted from, 
aud tbat all diplomatic agents heretofore accredited to any of them should be 
at once withdrawn. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Foreign Affairs. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Renolved. That tbe Committee on Qnartermaster's and Commissary Depart- 
ments 1)6 Instructed to Inquire thoroughly Into the present condition of said 
departments, with a view to ascertaining whether any additional legislation Is 
nece««ary to increase their efficiency; and also with a view to ascertaining 
whether any pecuniary frauds have been couiniltted by persons hi the employ- 
ment of saUl departnients, and also what additional legislation niay l>e needed 
for tbe punishment of fraudulent conduct on the part of tbe employees thereof. . 
and for tbe prevention, so far as practicable, of such fraudulent practices in 

Mr- Foote also offered the following resolution; which was 
adopted : 

Re»olved. That the Committee on Quartermaster's and Comniissary Depart- 
ments be instructed to Inquire whether it be true tbat tbe Commissary Depart- 
ment of th& Confederate Government paid, or agreed to pay. to any iiersons 
whatever, during the months of July and August last, the sum of thirty dollars 
or forty dollars per bushel tor wheal, and who. If any, were the Indlvldiuils with 
whom suc^ extraordinary contracts were made, together with all the material 
circumstanres connected therewith. 

Mr, Foote offered the following resolution, to wit : 

Resolved. That this House does cordially concur in that portion of the views 
expressed by the President In his late anuual message toui'liing tbe employment 
f-f slaves by the Confedenite Government in connection with the present war, 
nliloh Is euibrai-«J in the following propositions ; 

First The " general levy and arming of the slaves for the duty of soldiers " 
would be Inexpedient. 

Second. " Until our white population shall prove Insufficient for the armies ive 
require aud <'an afford to keep In the field, to employ as a soldier the n^i'o. 
who has merely been traliiod to labor, and as a laborer tbe white man accus- 
tomed from his youth to firearms " would neither be wise nor advantageous. 

Third. " Should tbe alternative ever be presented of submission [stibjugatlon] 
or of the employment of the slave as a soldier." then such euiployment would be 
right and proi>er. 

Fourth. Tiie act of the seventeenth of E'ebmiiry last bavluK provided for tbe 
Impressment of slaves " to a number not exceeding twenty thousand. If It staoubl 
lie found impracticable to obtain tbem by contract with the owners," and said 
law contemplating the hiring of the labor only of these slaves and 1m|N>sing on thf 
Government the liability to pay for the value of such as might l>e lost to the 



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owaer trom casualties resulting froni employiuent Id the Berrlce. now, tor the 
purpoeeH eDumerated Id Mild act nt t'obruarj- hiRt. " Instruction hi the manner of 
eucamplng. marching. aDd piirkliiR trains Is needful, ho that even In this lim- 
ited pmiiUiyinent leiiRth of service adds greatly to tlie value of the n^ro'a 
labor; " for these and for other reasons It Ih eipedient that the Government 
shoultl " ucqnire for the publk- mrrlce the entire |iro|>ert; In ttie labor of the 
slave and to pay therefor due compensation, rnther than to impress his labor for 
short terms;" and wbpti nnld propetty is thus nniuired It would lie emlnentli' 
politic that eiunnclpntlon sliould "lie held out to him iia a reward for faithful 
■ service." and all projier efforts should lie niade to obtain " the permls^on of the 
State from which he was drawu to reside within its llniits after the close of hla 
public service." 

Fifth. Should this policy be adopted, it ia evident that " in addition to the 
duties heretofore performed by the slave, he might lie advantageously employed 
as ploueer and engineer lutwrer ; and in that event that the number should be 
aogniented to forty thousand." 

Sixth. " Beyond this limit and these em|iloyments it does not seem desirable, 
under existing i-lrciuustances. to go." 

Seventh. "A broad niornt distinction exists between tlie une of slaves as sol- 
diers In the defense of their homes and the Incitement of the same ijersons 
[to Insurrectiou] against their masters. The one Is Jastiflable. if necessary, and 
the other Is lnii|ultuus and unworthy of a civilized people." 

Rcsolrvit. That In tlie whole at^iou of the Cimfetlerate Government on this 
ImiKirtant suliject it is desirable and ue<«ssary to have the sanction and approval 
of the sovereign States who constitute tills Confederacy, and that no Important 
movement looking t<i the emancliiatlou of the slaves of the South, or of any i>or- 
tion tbere<if, should be taken by this Government without the unanimous consult 
of the people of said States In convention assembled. 

Kenolrril. That Congress have no authority to Interfere with the emancipation 
of slaves or the treatment of tliem, In any of the States, without the consent of 
said States, and that nothing could i>e more unfortunate at tbis'tlme than the 
assertion of a power on the part of the Confederate Government to emancipate 
any portion of the slaves of the South, either as a war or iieace riieasnre, or 
under any possible circumstances, without the consent thereto being flrat had and 
obtained of the State or Slates wherein such slaves shall be resident. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the consideration of the resolution was 
postponed until ThurHday. 

Mr. Colyar offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the prompt payment of our troops, according to law. Is a mat- 
ter of the flrst imtiorbincc; and whereas at the last session of Congress It was 
supposed ample jmivlslon bad been made for the payment thereof, notwithstand- 
ing, from some cause, the Army of Tennessee and gierbaps other armies have been 
greatly neglected and not paid off for many months whlie other armies have 
lieen promptly paid. 

Therefore tbe Committee on Ways and Means should at once ascertain the 
cause of this delay and neglect and report the same, with the remedy, by bill or 
otiierwiwe. 

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted : 



I the writ of mandamus In r 



On motion of Mr. Chambers, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-inorrow. 



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THIRD DAY— WEDNESDAY, November 9, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. . 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Hon. 
A. H. Garland, of Arkansas, late a member of the House, relative to 
his election to the Senate ; which was read and laid upon the table. 

Mr. Russell, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution : 

Resolved, That tbe Speaker be authorized to assigD to the committees nt thla 
House tbe members who bare takeu tbelr seats since the organization of said 
oommltteea. 

The resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution; which was adopted : 

Retolvcd, That the Committee on the Judiciary Inquire Into the e.\|)edlen<T of 

IncreaslnK the oonipensutioii of marabals, Jurors, and wltuesses In the courts of 

the Confederate States. 

Mr. Russell introduced 

A bill " to provide means to carry on the war; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to lay an escport duty on cotton, tobacco, and naval 
stores; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to consolidate the public debt; " which was read a first 
and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Goode presented the memorial of Caswell Turpin, praying com- 
pen.sation for the loss of a storehouse in the town of Liberty, Va., 
illegally impressed by the Confederate authorities and destroyed by 
the public cnemv ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Sir. Goode offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved. That the Couiniittce ou Military Affairs be Instructed to inquire 
into the eKpedlency of re|>eullug so mui'h of the act approved seventeenth of 
February, entitled "An not to organize foroe» to serve during the war," as 
exempts one person as overweer or ntErlcuitnrlst on eiicli fiirni or plantation 
upon which there were ujwn the first day of January last fifteen iible-bodlpd 
field hands 1>etween sixteen and Hfty, 

Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of Edwin Williams, praying 
compensation for crops destroyed by the troops of General Beaure- 
gard; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Gholson offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means, when they eome to report 
a bill imposing taxes for the supiKirt of Government, etc., shall. If practicable, 
embrace the whole subject in a single act. 

Mr, Wickham introduced 

A bill " to amend an act to increa.se the efficiency of the Army by 
the emploTTnent of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities, 
approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- four;" 



264 JOUEHAL OF THE (Not. 8. 1884. 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Comnuttee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Baldwin offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Reiolved, Tbat tbe Committee on tlie Judiciary Inquire nod report whether 
It Ib competent for this House, by simple resolution, to eetabllsb at tbe public 
expense a newspaper for tbe publication of tbe proceedings of tbe House. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Retolved, That the select couimittee appointed nt the last session to make 
arrangementa for r^wrtlng and publlsblng the debates and proceedings of this 
House be directed to report without delay all that has been done upon that 
subject 

Mr. Clopton offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Resolved. That tbe President be requested to cause to be commnnicnted to the 
House copies of all Instructions now Id force which hare been 1»<ue<l to the 
assewors and collectors of taxes, both of the money tax and tajt In kind. 

Mr. Dickinson moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
offer the following resolution : 

Remlved, That tbe memorials and papers In support of the various clulma 
presented to the House at the last session, and which were not ni^ted upon at 
tbat session, be withdrawn from the flies and referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Shewmake presented the petition of certain route agents of the 
Post -Office Department,' asking an increase of pay; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Echols introduced 

A bill " to explain the word ' family ' as used in the fifth section of 
an act to amend the tax laws passed June fourteenth, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. H. W, Bruce offered the following resolution; which was 
adopted : 

Remived, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructec to Inquire 
into the expediency of Introduclni: a bill to make n necessary appropriation to 
piiy for tbe horses of soldiers killed In battle. 

Mr. Read offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Rinolvr.d, Tbat the Committee on Medical Affairs be instructed to inqnlre luto 



Mr. Moore offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Rmolved. Tbat tbe Committee on Military Affairs Inquire wliether any fur- 
ther legislation \m necessary to expedite the process of sending iMtincrlpts to tiie 
.\rmy where they are found capable of duty In tbe fleid, and of sending them 
home where they are found unflt for duty, and that they report by hill such 
modlflcatioD of existing laws as may be required to render more efficient the 
present system of putting troops into tbe Army. 

Mr. Bead offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz; 

Retolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to inquire Into 
tiie propriety of e.>itabiiKlilng a separate bureau from tbe Department of War, to 
lie styled the Bureau of Conscription. 

Mr. Villere introduced 



Not. 8. 1864.] HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES. 265 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to increase the efficiency 
of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain 
capacities; ' 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on MilttaiT Affairs. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 

A bill "to establish two judicial districts in the State of Loui- 
siana ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. ~ 

Mr. Perkins offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Remlved, That the PresldeDt of the Confederate States be requested to inform 
CoDgresa whether the Houorsble Howell Cobb. President of the late ProvlsloDal 
CongTMS. has compiled with the act of seventeeath Februnrf. cIghteeD hUDdred 
and sixty-fonr, by which he was Instructed to have prepiired two copies of the 
Journal of the Provisional Congress and the proceedings of the convention which 
framed the Provisional and Permanent Constitutions of the Confederate States, 
one copy of which was to be deposited In the office of the Department of Justice : 
and if not, to communicate to Congress any Information he may have as to the 
])re«ent state of the worlt ; also whether the originals of the Journals and pro- 
ceedings aforesaid bare been sealed and deposited for preservation with the 
Secretary of State, in accordance with law. 

Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That tlie Secretary of the Treasury be requested to inform this 
House what amount of claims from each State has been paid or allowed under 
the act of June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, to provide for the 
establishment and payment of claims for a certain deacriptlon of property taken 
or Informally Impressed for the use of the Army. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " to amend the sequestration laws of the Confederate 
States;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Miles presented a communication from the Comptroller of the 
Treasury relative to compensation for horses; which was referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to establish a general intelligence office; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Swan offered the following resolution : 

Remlved, That the chairman of the Committee on Pay and Mileage be, and 
lio is hereby, authorized and directed to pay Mrs. Sarah A. Helskell the pay and 
mileage already due or hereafter to aotrue to J. B. Helskell, while he may l>e 
held as a prisoner by the public enemy. 

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Pay and Mileage. 
Mr. Swan offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz : 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be instrttcted to Inquire 
into the expediency of providing by law for the certain removal, to points within 
onr military lines, of all able-bodied adult male negroes, as the necessities of the 
war may constrain the nbandonmeat of territory to the enemy; and that the 
committee ^epo^t by bill or otherwise. , 



266 JOURNAL OP THE rNov. 9. 18M. 

Mr. Foote offered the following ix'-iolutioii: 

Resolved. That the re<^nimeuilatlon L-untii tiled In tli? I'reNldelit'R mewage, tbat 
Congress flbould vent iu tlie military autborlties iK>wei' to detail sut'li editors and 
needful employees of newspjiiKTM as they may consider proper for the twnduet- 
Ing of Buld papers, and to put all others In the military service, is one which 
this House can by no means approve. 

Mr. Barksikle moved that the resolution be referred to the Com- 
mittee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays therein ; 
- Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] Movs 1^ 

Yeas: Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, Blandford, Bradley, 
Eli M, Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Cliilton, Chris- 
man, Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Conrow, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, 
Ewine, Farrow, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hatcher, Hilton, 
Holliaay, Johnston, Kenner, Lester, Machen, Menees, Miles, Miller, 
Montague, Moore. Perkins, Read. Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson. 
J. M. Smith, W, E. Smitli, Snead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Vest, Vil- 
lere, Welsh, "Wickham, Wilkes, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Bell, Foote, Fuller, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, J, M. Leach, 
J. T, Leach, Marshall, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, and Turner. 

So the motion prevailed. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom bad 
been referred 

A bill " granting seats on the floor of the House of Representatives 
to the principal officrers in the Executive Departments," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

On motion of Mr, Russell, the consideration of the bill was post- 
poned until Tuesday next, and made the special order after the morn- 
ing hour. 

On motion of Mr. Welsh, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 
session. 

On motion of Mr, Gaither, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent ; which was read as follows, viz : 

Richmond, Va,. Noi>ember 9, lH6i. 
To the Henaie and Home of Representatives: 

I herewith transmit for your consideration a commuulciitloii from the Sec- 
retary of War, showing that a dangerous consplrat? exists In some of the 
counties of southwestern Virginia, nnd In the ueigblioring portions of North 
Curuliiiii and TenneuKee, ivhlcli it is found liiiiirncticuble to suppress by the ordi- 
nary course of law. Tbe fwcts are so fully exhibited by the report and accom- 
panying papers, bereby submitted, tbat I consider It unnecessary to re|)eot than 
or to do more than invite yonr early attention to disclosures upon which I deem 
it my duty to re<-ommend tlie sUMiienBloii of tbe writ of habeas corpus. In order 
that full efficiency may he given to the military jMJwcr for the repression of 
tbe evil. 
. It may be proper here to add that, after the expiration of the term for which 
the writ was suspended, serious embarrassment was encountered, particularly 



Not. 10, 18M.] HOUSE OF RBPBESENTATIVE8. 267 

nt Mobile. WlIffliDgton, and RIcbmond, on aocouut of the loubillty of tbe luilitiiiy 
authorities to arrest and bold suspected persons against whom the testiiuony 
was Bufflcleut to xlve full iissurunce that they were aplea or holdluK treasonable ■ 
coDimnni cation with the enemy, though legal proof could not he adduced to 
necure their commitment and eonvlctlon by the courts, either beennse of the 
character of the evidence or of the necessity for concettllng the eonrccs of Infor- 
mation, which were not unfrequently within the enemy's lines. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, 

The message and accompanying documents were referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. 

On motion of Mr. Swan, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

FOURTH DAY— THURSDAY, November 10, 1864. 

OPEN BEB8TON. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev, Dr. Duncan, 

Mr. Staples offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Retolved, That a special committee of three be appointed to Inquire Into tbe 
expediency of an appeal on the part nf CoiigreHS to the aeveral States of the 
Confederacy for n modlflcation of tlieir laws exempting State olllcerA and 
employees from military eervlee, 

Mr. Anderson introduced 

A bill " to amend the laws in relation to the receipt of counterfeit 
Treasury notes by public officers;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Lester offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Begolved, That the President he, and he Is hereby, respectfully requested 
If not Incompatible with the public Interest, to cauHc the |'i'i>|H>r officer or 
offlcera to lay before this House a detailed statement of tbe tax In kind aae^sed 
and collected east of the Mississippi River during the year eighteen hundred 
and sixty-three, and also of the present year as far as returua have been made — 
that Is to say, tbe nuniher of liushels of wheat, com, oabt. rye. and buckwheat, 
the quantity of rice, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, cured bay, and fodder; 
also, the number of jiounds of bacon and sugar: also, the nuantity of wool, cot- 
ton, and tobacco ; also, tbe number of gallona of slnip and molasses, ^ivin^ in 
the statement the quantity derived from each State. 

Alao. that be cause this House to be Informed of bow much of eucli of the 
arth'lea before eiiuuieratol has lieen purchased by and (or tlie use of the <Jov- 
emment during the time aforesaid. 

Alao, that be cause the House to he informed of liow um<-h of saiil enunicrnteil 
articles bas been Impressed during tbe time aforesaid. 

And that this detailed Information t>e given to tbe House iit the earliest 
practicable day. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That the Tresldenf be requested to cause tbe Secretary of War to 
fnmisb to this House tlie Items or particulars which make ui> his estimate of 
four hundred and two million nine hundred and tivelve thousand two hundred 
and six dollars and thirty-three <ents necessary for bla Department for tbe 
six montha from first January to first July, eighteen hundred and sisty-flve- 
tbat Is to say, what sum Is necessary to jmy off the otflcers and soldiers of the 
Army? What Is necessary to subsist the Army and forage Its animals? Wliat, 
sum la necessary to el<)the the AriuyV Wlist sum Is necessary to transport i^tlie- 



268 JOUENAL OF THE INot. iO, 1864. 

Array? And so on, giving every Item In detail: and that the President be 
requested to cause the Secretary to complf with thle resolution ae eooo aa 
■ practleable. 

Mr. MMrshall introduced 

A bill " concerning the emoluments and pay of the clerk of the 
district court of the Confederate States of America for the eastern 
district of Virginia ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Regoived, That the Committee on Military AtTalrs be Instructed to Inquire 
whether any and what legislation may be proiwr to remedy the abuse of tlie prac- 
tice of granting rurlougha by generals In the Held for recruits, so as to prevent 
said furloughs from being monopolized by pureliase by a few Individuals. 

Also, the following resolution: which was adopted: 

Kesuhrd. That Semite bill numbered sixty-three, being a bill "for the relief 

of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice," be taken from the Calendar of tbe last session and 

placed ui>on tlie Calendar of the present session. 

Mr, Murray introduced 

A bill " to prevent malicious arrest of officers of the Army ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Cooimittee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution : 

Kenolvd, Thnt whilst prosecuting the pending war with all energy and earn- 
estness, reasons of |)ollcy, Justice, and humanity alike require that the President 
should be amied wUb adequate power to offer complete amnesty to all auch of 
the clllzens and residents of- tlie Confederate States as heretofore, under delu- 
sion, or otherwise, have been hostile to our cause, bnt who are now willing to 
come forward and take upon themselves the obligation to support our Govern- 
ment OH good and true citizens. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the consideration of the resolution was 
pastponed until Wednesday next, and made the special order. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Pres- 
ident ; which was read as follows, viz : 

RtcHMoND, Va.. November 9, 188^. 
To the Senate and House of Representativcg: 

i herewith transmit ii coniniunlcatlon from tbe Secretiiry of War, covering 
copies of several reports of military operations during the present year, and 
renew my suggestion that all such papers are subuiltled for the information of 
Congress, and that It is not considered advisable to i>ul)ll8h them at this time. 

JEKFERSON' DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the message and accompanying documents 
were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order, 
viz: 

The resolution of Mr. Chambers that the valor, constancy, and 
endurance of our citizen soldiers, assisted by the steady cooperation 
of all classes of population not in the field, will continue a sufficient 
guaranty of the rights of the States and the independence of the 
Confederate States. 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Russell, resolved itself into secret 
session ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



Not. 11, 1864.1 HOUSE OF SEFBE6ENTATIVES. 269 

Mr. Swan moved that the House take a recess until half past 7 
o'clock. 

Mr, Orr moved that the House adjourn; which latter motion 
prevailed, and 

The Speaker announced that the House stood adjourned until 
12 o'clock to-morrow. 



The House being in seci-et session, 

Mr. Bussell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported 

A bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cases for a limited period, 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The bill was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Marshall submitted the following amendment: 

Add as nn Independent section at the end ot the bill tbe followlDg. viz: 
"Tbls act sbsll not be construed to extend beyond New Kiver eastward In 
the State of Virginia, nor south beyond Murphy, In Cherokee County, or east 
of the Blue Ridge. In tbe State at North Carollnu. nor west beyond Chattauooga. 
nor north beyond the Kentucky line." 

Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Marshall : 

r to any [>urt of the Eleventh Congres- 

Pending which, 

On motion of Mr. Staples, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

FIFTH DAY— FRIDAY, November 11, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev, Dr. Duncan. 

The Cnair announced the appointment of the special committee 
under the resolution of Mr. Staples to inquire into the propriety of 
addressing the different States upon the subject of lessening the 
Dumber of exempts, as follows, viz : 

Messrs. Staples of Virginia, Lyon of Alabama, and J, M, Smith of 
Georgia. 

The House then, on motion of Mr. Russell, resolved itself into 
secret session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself 
into open session. 

Mr. Miles moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet 
at 12 o'clock Monday. 

The motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Gilmer, 

The House adjourned. 

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The House being in secret session, proceeded to the consideration 
of the bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cases for a limited period." 

Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Gilmer, 

Resolved itself into open session, 

SIXTH DAY— MONDAY, November 14, 1864. 

OPEN 8E8HI0N. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

IticHMOKD. Va., November It. IS6i. 
To the Hauge of Representatives: 

III response to your reaolutiou of the 14th June last. I herewith tranemtt com- 
luunlcatlonB Trom the Secretaries of the Treaaary and of War, conveying the 
InformatloD desired relative to the tax In kind and other taxes collected trom 
the several States for the year 1863. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair also laid before the House another communication from 
the President; which was read as follows, viz: 

RicBUOND. Va., yovember 11, 186i. 
Til the Senate and House of Reprencntatives: 

I herewith transiuit for your information a eommnn I cation from the Secretary 
of War, covering copies of tlie reporle of Maj. Gen. N. B. Forrest, relative to the 
hattie of Tishomingo Creeli. and of Capt B. L. Parinhnit, relative to the «ngage- 
inent of the enemy with the reserve forces ut Staunton River Brid^. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the communication and accompanying 
documents were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

"Hie Chair announced the appointment of Mr. Kenner of Louisiana 
to the Committee on Ways ana Means, Mr. Clark of Missouri to the 
Committee on Military Affairs and Elections, Mr. Vest of Mis.souri 
to the Committee on the Judiciary, Mr. Snead of Missouri to the 
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Conrow of Missouri to the Com- 
mittee on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments, Mr. 
Clusbey of Tennessee to the Committee on Naval Affairs, Mr. Gar- 
land of Arkansas to the Committee on Ways and Means, Mr. Hatcher 
of Missouri to the Committee on Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, Mr. 
Wilkes of Missouri to the Committee on Indian Affairs and to the 
Committee on PoKt-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr. Baldwin presented the memorial of Alexander F. Kinney, de- 
positary of the Confederate States Treasury, at Staunton, Va., ask- 
ing relief for papers, vouchers, and money ae.stroyed by fire while in 
transit on the DanviTle Railroad; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Also, the petition of Susan Parsons and others for renewal of Con- 
federate States Treasury bonds; which was referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, the memorial of Maj. S. L. Lewis, asking remuneration for 
the loss of a valuable negro boy hired to the Government, and who 



KoT. 14. 1864.1 HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES. 271 

died froiii removal and exposure whilst suffering from disease con- 
tracted in the service; which was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. • 

Mr. Staples presented the memorial of William C. Hagan, captain 
and assistant commissary of subsistence, asking relief from liability 
for funds captured by Uie enemy ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Claims. 

Mr. Dickinson introduced 

A bill " to amend an act-entitled 'An act providing for the estab- 
lishment and payment of claims for a certain description of property 
taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army ; ' " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on AVays and Means. 

Mr. Clopton introduced 

A bill " for the relief of Robert H. Wynne ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Chilton pi-esented the memorial of officers of the Forty-third 
Regiment of Alabama Volunteers, asking relief from an order of the 
War Department, conscribing officers who resign their commissions; 
which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A bill " to abolish distributing post-offices, and to require mail mat- 
ter to be sent direct to its destination ; " 

w hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post -Offices and Post-Roads, 

Also, a bill "to increase the pay of route agents engaged in the 
postal service; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Also, a bill "to admit the importation of hand cards for carding 
cotton or wool, duty free; " which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on Commerce. 

Mr. Garland introduced 

A bill " to provide for the payment of claims against the Govern- 
ment for property illegally impressed and irregularly taken for its use 
in the Trans- Mississippi Department; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. W. E. Smith presented the memorial of sundry citizens of 
Mitchell County, Ga., asking a change of mail route 1649; which 
was referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr, W, E. Smith also introduced 

A bill '■ to change and establish mail route one thousand six hun- 
dred and forty-nine in the State of (ieorgia; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads, 

Mr, Shewmake offered the following resolution : which was adopted, 
viz : 

ReHolvcd, That tlie Mllitnr; Canuuitte« 1n<iuire Into the propriety and justice 
of lD<Teiishi); the \>»y or coDitiilssloned officers of the Army below the gnide of 
Irt-lgadler-geTicrnl, and rejwrt by bill or otlienvlwe. 

Mr. Bell introduced 

A bill "to continue in force an act entitled 'An act providing for 
the establishment and payment of claims for a certain description of 



272 JOURMAL OF THE [Nov. H. 18S4. 

property taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army,' 
approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " providing for the discharge of soldiers in certain 
cases and their future exemption from military service; " which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Mili- 
tary Affairs. 

Mr. Bell also offered the following reselution; which was adopted, 

Renotved, That tbe Committee on Ways and Means be lOBtructed to inquire 
Into tbe expediency of adopting or enacting a tax bill, based upon tbe ad valorem 
princlpie, and one tbat wlil avoid tbe Inequalities and complexity ot tbe pr^ient 
Ic^lstiitloit u|K>n tbnt subject, and by itM simplicity, equality, and fairneHS, cotu- 
mend Itself to tbe approval of the enlightened popular Judgment of the country ; 
and that said committee report to this House by bill or otherwise as early as 
practicable the rcBUlt of such inquiry. 

Mr. Anderson offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on Military Aftairs be Instructed to Inquire and 
report what relief ought to be granted bonded agriculturists who have been 
placed by Confederate or State authority In the military service. 

That said committee also inquire Into tbe propriety of allowing transportation 
to officers of the Army when traveling on furlough. 

Mr. Echols offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Whereas It Is the highest duty of all Christian nations to recognise the author- 
ity of God and acknowledge their ohtlgatlous to Hia Divine Providence ; and 

Whereas It is peculiarly appropriate that the people of this Confederacy, who 
have bad during this unequal contest eucb signal manifestations of Ills beneS- 
oent approval, should coufeHs the siinie ; und 

Whereas we have seen with pleasure the efforts of some of our wise and dis- 
tinguished military leaders to keep sacred the Sabbath day, and desiring thst 
Its observance should be universal among both the Army and Navy : Therefore, 
we, the Representatives of the people, do resolve, 

First That we heartily approve the course of some of our commanding gen- 
erals, who have thus far during the war endeavored to keep and observe the 
Sabbath day. 

Second. That we recommend to all the officers in command In the Army and 
Navy the propriety of obedience to the Supreme Governor of the Universe in 
this particular, and that they dispense with ali military reviews, parades, ete., 
and that the chaplains and misslonarleB under their authority be granted the 
privilege to hold religious services as far as practicable on this holy day. 

Mr. Kead offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz : 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on Medical Aftairs be instructed to Inquire into 

tbe management and condition of the military- prisoners of this Government, iind 

that they report what tiddltlonal legislation is necessary for tbe better regulu- 

tlon of the same, and that they be empowered to send for persons and papers. 

Mr. Perkins introduced 

A bill " to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers and 
soldiers ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred to 
a committee, ' 

On motion of Mr. Perkins, it was postponed until Monday next and 
made the special order after the morning hour and from day to day 
uotU disposed of. 



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On motion of Mr. Simpson, the bill was ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Welsh offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Retohea. That tbe Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
Into tbe propriety of making tbe certificates slfen by purcbaetug offlcers of tbe 
Govemmeut and the ascertained IndebtedneEa of other public agents to citizens 
of the Confederacy receivable in payment of taxes, and that they report by bill 
or otherwise. 

Mr. Conrow offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, Tbat the pai)era appertaining to the claim of Albert Danner be 
tiilien from the dies of the tnst seanlon of the First Congress and tie referred to 
the Committee on Clalnia for the present Congress. 

Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, Tbat tbe Joint resolution " of thanks to and tor the relief of Major 
Caspar Tocbmao, formerly of the Polisb arniy," which whs reported from the 
Committee on Claims at the last session of Congress and order«l to be placed 
on the Calendar, be mnde the special order for Thursday next after the expira- 
tion of the morning hour, and that It be continued as the special order from day 
to day until disposed of. 

Mr. Simpson offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Retolved, Tbat It be referred to tbe Committee on Ways and Means to Inquire 
and report whether or not the construction which has been given by the Treas- 
ury Department to the Qrat paragraph of the first section of an act to amend the 
tax laws, approved fourteenth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, by which 
the credit of the tax In kind has been I'estrlcted to the ad valorem tax derived 
Triim'certaln property actually employed In agriculture, is In accordance with 
tbe true intent and meaning of said act : ami If not. whether any additional 
legislation is necessary for a proper construction thereof; and that they report 
by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz': 

Re»olved, That In view of the effect upon discipline produced by offlcers being 
properly uniformed, decently clad, and readily distinguished by the insl^ia of 
their rank, the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to Inquire Into the 
expedlejicy of supplying all commissioned offlcers of the Army, at the expense of 
tlie Governnient, with uniforms, arms, and aecoutermeuts appropriate to their 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to provide for the appraisement of and compensation for 
horseH lost in the Army by the casualties of war ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, Tbat the Committee on Printing lie Instructed to Inquire Into the 
expediency of allowing by law one hundred and fifty copies of the acts of each 
session of Congress for the use of the War Department. 

Mr. Foote introduced 

A joint resolution " of thanks to General N. B. Forrest and the 
officers and men of his command: " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on KUJitary Affairs. 

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374 JOUHNAL OF THE (Nov, 14, 1864. 

Mr. Foot* offered the following resolution : 

Retolved, Thnt it in by no means expedient that a general maxlmam of prices 
Bhould be laid on agricultural prodncts. but that It Is desirable that the families 
of soldiers now In the military service ot the Confederate States and the sur- 
viving families of nil who have died or may hereafter die lu said servl^v should 
be supplied l>y the Government with a reasonable amount of the nei^essarles of 
life at the prices ivhlch snki Oovernnieut majr have paid fur the same. 

On motion of Mi*. Foote, the resolution was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Militiiry Affairs. 

Mr, Foote offered the following resolution : 

Ectolved, Tbat It la eminently desirable that at as early a period as practica- 
ble the Committee on Ways and Means lu this House should agree u|H>n and 
report for consideration a flnanclul bill, and that lu consideration of tbe 
admirably digested financial views eml)0(lieil In tbe report of the Seci-etary of 
tbe Treasury Just laid before tills House, the Importance of harmony of action 
between the said Secretary and Congress in regiini to tbe fiscal concerns of the 
Government and the desirableness of flxing the responsibility as to the successful 
tnanaf^ment of the affairs of the Treasury upon tbe Incumbent of that Depart- 
ment, any Bnancial bill reported to the House should be so drawn as In all 
its essential features to correspond with the recommendation of said Secretnrj' 
of the Treasury. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Cluskey introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide tobacco for tlie 
Army,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
four ; 

which was read a first and second time and referred to tlie Committee 
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments, 

Mr. Cluskey offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the C/ommittee on the Me<llcal Departuient be Instructed to 
report as early as practicable a bill for the better orgnnlzntion of hospitals, so 
as to secure a proper preparation of tbe food for the iwtlents therein. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Hanly, 
The House adjourned. ' 



SECRET SE88I0N. 



The House being in .secret session, 

Tlie Chair laid ^fore the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury, touching the Produce Loan Bureau and the 
Treasury Note Bureau. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the reading of the report was suspended, 
and the report and the accompanying documents were referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. 

The House resumed the consideration of the bill '"to suspend the 
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited 
period. 

Pending which. 

The House, on motion of Mr. Hanly, 

Resolved itself into open session. 



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No». 15, 1864.] HOUSE OF BEPRE8ENTATIVES. 275 

SEVENTH DAY— TUESDAY, November 15, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjoiirnment, and was opened with 
prayer bv Rev, Dr. Peterkin. 

The Cnair laid before the House a communication from the Second 
Auditor of the Treasury, submitting a report upon the claim of the 
State of North Carolina under the act oi the Provisional Congress 
approved August 30, 1861. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of North Carolina, the communication 
and accompanying documents were referred to a select committee of 
one from each State, to be appointed by the Chair. 

The Chair also laid before the House another coimnunication from 
the Second Auditor, submitting a report upon the claim of the Stute 
of Louisiana under the act of tlie Provisional Congress approved 
August 30, 1861. 

On motion of Mr. Perkins, the communication and accompanying 
documents were referred to the same committee to which the report 
on the claim of North Carolina was referred. 

The Chair announced the appointment of Mr. Batson of Arkansas 
to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Orr, from the Committee on the Commissary and Quartermas- 
ter's Departments, reported 

A bill " to protect the Confederate States against frauds, and to 
provide remedies against officers and employees of the Government 
committing them ; 
which was read a first and second time. 

On motion of Mr. Orr, the bill was postponed until Thursday week, 
made the special order for that day after the morning hour, and from 
day to day until disposed of, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Chilton, from the select committee to inve.stigate the charee of 
disloyalty preferred against W. R. W. Cobb, member-elect oi this 
House from the State of Alabama, submitted a report and the follow- 
ing resolution : 

Rriolved. That Wllllamaon R. W. Cobb, a member-elect to this Honee from 
the State of Alabama, havlag failed to appear aud claim hia seat, but remains 
within the enemy's lines on tpmis of friendly Intercourse with tbeiu. thns mani- 
festing his disloyalty to tbe (Confederate States, be, and he Is hereby, e^tpellcd 
from memlwrship In this Ilouse as such Bepresentatlve. 

ReiolvFd. That o copy of the foreKOlag resolution l>e forwarded to the gov- 
ernor of tbe State of Alabama, that the proper steps may lie taken lo till the 
vacancy occasioned by the expulsion of said W. B. W. Cobb. 

The question being on postponing the resolution and placing it on 
the Calendar, 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | m„„„ 1"'1~~" 77 

Yeaa: None. 

Nays: Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, Bell, Blandford, 
Boyce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett. Cham- 
bers, Chilton, Chri.sman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskev, Colyar. Conrow, 
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, I^arrow, Fonte, Ful- 
ler, Funsten, Gaither, Garland. Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, 



376 JOURNAL OP THE [Nov. IT. 18W. 

Hatcher, Hilton, Holder, HoUiday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lani- 
kin, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Ijogan, Lyon, Machen, McMul- 
lin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ram^iv. 
Read, Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, AV. E. Smith, 
Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Staples. Swan. Triplett, Tnrner. 
Vest, Villere, Welsh, Wickham, "Wilkea, fl'itherspcwn, and Mr, 
Speaker. 

So it was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Chilton submitted the following amendment to the first reso- 
lution- {in the nature of a substitute) : 

Itcaoh-ed, That tbe sent of WllIlaniBon R. W. Cobb att a memlier-Hii't tn tlie 
lliiuxe of Iteiireitentiitlvea of the Seixmd Congress of the CoDfMerate States 
from the Third CouicreHslounl dlntrlct of the State of Alabama be. aiul the hiiiiii' 
Ih hereby, declared vacant, he refuHing to ai>peRr and claim the shuic. hut 
reiiialiilufc with the eneiay, and the name of said Cobb Itt hereby ordered tu be 
stricken from tbe roll of membera of tbls Houee ; 

which was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr, Smith of North Carolina, leave of al>senee was 
granted his colleague, Mr, Bridgers (detained from his seat by the 
severe illness of a member of his family). 

Mr.Chilton submitted the following resolution; which was adopted : 

Itcgolrrd, That nltb tcnitltude to the all-wine Disposer of Events for Hiw nkl 
and protection to ua In the paxt. nnd with humble trust In HIh providential 
guidance In tbe future, this lIouHe docH lieartll}- unite with the Frexldcnt \o 
the recommendation that Wednesday, tbe alxteeiitb instant, be observed as a 
day of public worship, and to thin end when tbla House ndjuurua to-day It will 
adjourn to meet un Tburniday next 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion; jind having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 
session. 

On motion of Mr. Machen, 

The House adjourned. 

SKCKtrr stMitioM. 

The Honse l)eing in secret session. 

Resumed the consideration of the hill " to susp'nd the privilegi' of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited i>eriod." 
Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Machen, 
Resolved itself into open session, 

EIGHTH DAY— THURSDAY, Novembek 17, IStM. 

Ol'EN SESSION, 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opene<l with 
prayer by Rev. I)r. Peterkin. 

On motion of Mr. Kenner. leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Conrad (detained from his seat by the severe illness of a 
memlwr of his family). 

On motion of Mr. Keeble, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. McCallum. 



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Not. 17, 18B4.1 HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVES, 277 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of 
Tuesday; which was the resolution introduced by Mr. Chilton de- 
claring vacant the seat of Williamson R. W. Cobb. 

Mr. Chilton moved a call of the House; which was ordered. 

Upon a call of the roll the following members answered to their 
names : 

Messrs. Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Batson, Bell, Blandford, Brad- 
ley, Eli M. Bnice, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, 
Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Chiskey, Colyar. Conrow, Cruikshank, 
Dickinson, Dupre, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, 
Garland, (Sholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Hilton, HoUi- 
day, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J, M, Leach, J, T. Leach, Lester, 
Logan, Lvon, Machen, McMuUin, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, 
Murray, Orr, Kamsay, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Staples, Swan, 
Triplett, Vest, Villere, Wickham, Wiikes, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

A quorum being present. 

On motion of Sir. Chilton, all further proceedings under the call 
were dispensed with. 

Mr, Chilton, by consent, modified his amendment to the first reso- 
lution by substituting the word " failing " for the word " refusing," 

Mr. Ciark moved to amend the resolution by striking out the first 
resolution as amended and inserting in lieu thereof the first resolu- 
tion as reported from the committee. 

Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Clark by striking 
out the whole and inserting in lien thereof the following, viz : 

Re«o/(-cd, TLat Wllllatuson R. W. Cobb, havlog beeu elected a member of this 
HoiLse. and It appearttiK tbat tbe said Cobb ulnce bis election has cbosen to 
adbere to tlie publU- enemy and Is tlierefore unworthy of a place in thta House, 
the representation of the Third district of Alabama Is declared to be vacant. 

Mr. Blandford called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Swan to the amend- 
ment of Mr. Clark, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The (juestion recurring on the amendment of Mr, Clark, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz; 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz : 

S, 90. An act to amend the third section of an act entitled ".An not to organ- 
ize forces to eetve during the war." approved February 17, 18114 ; 

S. 91. An act to authorize tbe Secretary of the Treasury to exchange coupon 
bonds for T.-W Treasury notes; and 

S. OT. An art to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for the safe cus- 
tody, printing, publication, and distribution of the laws, and to provide for tlie 
appointment of an additional clerk In the Department of Justice." appn)ved 
August 5. 18(il : 

In which I am direrted to ask the concurrence of this House. 



The question recurring on the resolution as amended, 
Mr. Chilton demaudea the yeas and nays; 
Which were ordered, 

( Yeas- 



And recorded as follows, viz : 



Navs_. 



Yeas: Anderson, Aver, Barksdale. Batson. Bell, Blandford. Boyce. 
Bra<ney, Eli M. Bruce, Tlorati" IV. Bnice, Burnett. Chnnil»iTs, Cliil- 



278 JOURNAL OF THE . [Not. 17. 18W. 

ton, Chrisman, Clark. Clopton, Cluskey. Colvar, Conrow, Cmikshank, 
De Jarnette, DickinstJn, Dupiv, Echols, Ewinc, Farrow, Fuller, Fun- 
steii. (iaithcr, (inrlaiKl, Gholson, (i«x>de, Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, 
Hilton, Holliday, Keeble, Keiiner. Ijaiiikiii, J. M, Leach, J. T. Leach, 
TjGstiT, Logan, Lvon, Machen, McMiillin. Miles, Miller, Montague, 
Moore, Murray, drr, Perkins, Ramsav, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Shew- 
make, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. ^mith. Smith of North Carolina. 
Rnead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Vest, Villere, Welsh, Wick- 
ham, Wilkes, Witherspoon, and Mr, Speaker. 

Nays: None, 

Two-thirds of all the members having voted in the affirmative, the 
resolution was adopted. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond. Va., \ovfntbPr 15. 1!i64. 
To the Senate and House of Repreaentatirrit : 

1 berewltb trausnilt for your coiidi deration a eomtnunU'atiun from tbe S«^re- 
larj of War, eubmlttlag an estimate for an additional approprlatloo to Ite 
employed for the purpose wblcb he Indicates. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair laid before the House another communication from the 
President; which was read as follows, viz: 

Richmond, Va,, Kovember ir,. lS6i. 
To the Senate and House of Representatives: 

I berewltb transmit for your Information a comniuu I cation from tbe Secre- 
tary of War. covcriug ii (■opy of the reimrt liy (!eii. O. T. Beiiur«f;ard of "fieni- 
tlona on Morria Islujid during tbe moutha of July, August, and September. 1863, 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Military Atfairs. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 93) " to amend 
an act entitled 'An act to proviile for the safe custody, printing, pub- 
lication, and distribution of the laws, and to provide for the appoiiit- 
ment of an additional clerk in the Department of Justice," approved 
August fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one;" which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Printing, 

Also, a Senate bill (S- 90) "to amend the third section of an act 
entitled 'An act to organize, forces to serve during the war,' approved 
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; " which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Mili- 
tary Affairs. 

Also, a bill of the Senate (S. 91) " to authorize the Secretary of the 
Treasury to exchange coupon bonds for seven-thirty Treasun" notes : " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the C?ommit(ee 
on Ways and Means, 

Mr. J. M. r^each, under a suspension of the rules, offered the follow- 
ing resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That tbe Committee on the Quartermaster's and Cominls.-t])r.v 
Departmente be Instnictcd to Inquire and aRcertnin why the hoxpltala for tbe 
sick and wonuded xnldlers In and near the city of Richmond arc not better sup- 
plied with wood and coal, and whnt legistntUin. If tiny. Ih ne<-eMS)iry, and report 
to thiK House by bill or otlierwist-. 



Not. 18, 1884 1 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 279 

Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by whicli Senate bill (S. 90) 
"to amend the third section of an act entitled 'An act to organize 
forces to serve during the war.' approved February seventeenth, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four," was referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs; which motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Lyon, the bill was referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr- Russell, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Murray, 
The House adjourned. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi- 
dent; which was read as follows, viz : 

Richmond. T*., November 15. 1864. 
To the Senate and House of Representatives: 

I herewith traDsmlt f«r your infonnntion, in secret seselon, a commuDication 
from the Secretnry of State, submlttlog copies of the correspondents with our 
commissinnem abroad referred to In my message of the 7tb iDHtant. 

.TEPFERSOS DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

The House resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the 
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited 
period. 

Pending which, 

Tiie House, on motion of Mr. Blandford, 

Resolved itself into open session. 

NINTH DAY— FRIDAY, November 18, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode. 

Mr. Holliday offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

RetolveA. That the Committee on Military AfFairs be iostnicted to Inquire 
into the expediency of extending the term within which it is now provided timt 
the act entitled "An act for the establishment and payment of claims for a cer- 
tain description of property talien or Informally Impressed for tbe use of the 
Army " sthall cease or deteniilue. aud also the propriety of increasing the [iny 
of the eommlSHlonerN un<ler the same. 

Mr. Russell introduced 

A bill " to define and punish conspiracy against the Confederate 
States j " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Staples offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 



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Mr. Staples introduced 

A bill " to provide for the payment of horses killed, captured, lost, 
or permanently disabled in the Confederate States service; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Wickham presented the memorial of E. S. McEIroy and others, 
civil employees in Confederate States Clothing Bureau, Quartermas- 
ter's Department, Richmond, Va., asking relief under the act of Con- 
gress passed June 14, 1864, increasing the pay of clerks and employees 
in the various Departments in Riclimond; which was referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Committee ou the Judiciary be instructed to Inquire into 
the e)i|)cdlency of iDcrenelng the salary of the Juilge of the t'on federate Statex 
court for the easteru district of Vlrglula. 

On motion of Mr, Wickham, leave was granted him to withdraw 
from the files of the House, on the usual terms, the memorial of 
Charles Y. Morris for increase of compensation for transporting the 
mail from Richmond to Lexington, presented at the last session. 

Mr. Funsten presented the memorial of civil employees in the quar- 
termaster's office in Richmond to amend the law of June 14, 1864, 
increasing the pay of certain officers ; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Baldwin offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the PreBldent he reHpeotfully requested to Inform this House 
hy authority of what law the War Department Is now oonductInK an Imprees- 
meut of slaves In Virginia, without regard to the State law upop that subject 

Mr. Gholson introduced 

A bill " to regulate the compensation of the marshal of the Confed- 
erate States of America for the eastern district of Virginia ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to Hie Couniiittee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Gholson present«d the memorial of Robert Harrison and others, 
praying that the Government will allow them to purchase ct^rtain 
necessaries at Government prices; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. De Janiette presented the memorial of the citizens of Culpeper 
County, Va., praving that the collection of the taxes due in 1863 
may be suspended in that county; which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means, accompanied by a letter from the 
Treasu^ Department on that subject 

The Chair presented the proceedings of the county courts of Appo- 
mattox and Buckingham relative to the wavs and means of providing 
an adequate support for the families of soldiers; which was referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Baldwin offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the President he respectfully requested to communicate to this 
House the report of General J. E. Jobustou of military operations in Georgia 
during the last spring sud summer. 



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Mr. McMulliii offeFed the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to iDQuire 
into tbe e.fpedleooy ot providing by law foi- equalising tLc tax lu kind u[)oii 
cotton and wool, and tbnt tbey report by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Goode offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 

llcsalvei, Tbat the President be respectfully requested to mnxe the prnjier 
officer to communicate to this House copies of all orders whicb bnve been Issued 
to Impressing olficers directing the Impressment of brandy, anil uIho to Inform 
the House what quantity of brandy has been Iniju'essed, for what purpose, and 
what disposition has been made of It 

Mr. Chilton introduced 

A bill " to establish the Supreme Court of the Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Chilton offered tlie following resohition; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Rexolved, That the Committee on Military AfTalrs do Inquire whether any 
and what legislation Is necessary to expedite the revision of tlie decisions of 
military courts, courts-martial, and examining iMiards, and that said committee 
re|)ort by bill or othM-wlse. 

Mr. Lyon introduced 

A bill " to provide for the impressment of the railroad iron, equip- 
ments, and rolling stock of railroads, etc.; " 

which was read h first and second time and n'ferred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Clopton offered the following resohition: which was adopted, 
viz: ' 

Resolved. That the Committee on Ways and Means l>e Instructed to Inquire 
into the expediency of nutborlKiug the reception of four |)er cent (*rtiflcates or 
bonds in imymeot of taxes payable In the year eighteen hundred and sixty-four, 
although tlie taxe^ may not be paid before the expiration of the year. 

Also, the following resohition ; which was adopted : 
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means he Inatnicted to Inquire 
Into the expediency of providing by legislation fur the relief of the tnxiHiyer 
when the amount of the four i>er cent ('(■I'tiflmtes or Imnds tendered 111 j»tiynieut 
of his taxefl is In excess of the amount of his taxes. 

Mr. Cruikshank presented the memorial of citizens of Shelby 
County, Ala., requesting the detail of millers, .shoemakers, and tanners 
for that county; which was referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr. Haniy offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved. That the Committee on \Vnys and Means be instru<-ted to Inquire 
into the expediency of providing by law for securing to our prisouers of ivar 
the nominal value In the new Issue of all Treasury notes of the old issue which 
were In their hands when captured and by them retninnl during their Imprla- 
ooment. 

Mr. Garland offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Remlced, That the BUKgestions of tiie Secretary of War in regard to maintalQ- 
log the Dumber aud eflicleucj' of <iur army organizations by reducing and con- 



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Mr, Rogers offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Rewlvrd, Tbat the Committee on tLe Judiciary be lnBtructed to Inquire Into 
the expedient? of Increasing the nalary of the Judge of the CODfederste StBten 
(-■"urt for the northern district of Florida. 

Mr. Hartridge introduced 

A bill " to increase the salaries and comp3n.sation of certain officers 
of the Treasury therein named ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. llartridge presented tlie memorial of the banks of Savannah, 
asking relief from the operation of the currency and tax acts ; which 
was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Blandford presented the memorial of Ihe marshal of the Con- 
federate States district of (ieorgia, asking increase of compensation ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. J. M. Smith introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide for the estab- 
lishment and payment of claims for a certain description of property 
taken or informally impres.sed for the use of the Army.' approved 
June second, eighteen hundred and sixty-fonf : " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Bell introduced 

A bill " to establish a certain post route; " 
which was read*a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Post -Offices and Post-Roads. 

On motion of Mr. Shewmake, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league. Mr. Anderson, whose home is endangered by the proximity of 
the public enemy. 

Mr. W. E. Smith introduced 

A bill " to provide for the public defense; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Dupre offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Renolved, That the Committee od Ways and Means be directed to Inquire 
Into the expediency of so altering tlie preweut tas law as to place upi)n the siuiie 
footing with solvent credits here all moneys abroad held ttiere hetore the war 
or being the produce of [>roperty shipped abroad )>efore the w;ir In tlie course of 

-ilso, the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Presldeut be requested to inform this House wbai amount 
of money has been expended In Ibe payment of the Army In the Traua-MlSHlB- 
Hippl Departnieut since the appointment of General E. K. Smith to the command 
thereof. 

Mr. Welsh presented the memorial of James Sykes, asking that 
money \m refundetl which was expended in raising and equipping a 
cavalry company ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 



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Mr. Welsh introduced 

A bill •' to fiirnish the judges of the State courts with pamphlet 
copies of the acts of Congress; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Conrow presented the memorial of Capt. J. Chaytor, asking 
relief from loss sustained by robbery of Government funds; which 
was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Vest offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

Regolved, Tbat the P resident be respectfully requested to cause the Secretary 
of War to luform this House what coutracts have been made by the War 
Department, with individualM or compaDies, In the Truns-Mlssisslppi Depart- 
luent, for the furnlabing supplies of any sort to the Government, to t* pnld foi- 
In cotton, and If any such contracts have been made, what amount of supplies 
and of what description has been received by the Government, anfl what amount 
of cotton delivered under said contracts. 

Mr. Clark introduced 

A bill " for the relief of Confederate prisoners held in custody by 
the authorities of the United States ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Ramsay offered the following resolution ; which was adopted ; 

Resolved, Tbat the Committee on Ways and Means be Instructed to Inquire 
into the expediency of Increasing the compensation now allowed by law to 
district collectors of the Coufederute tax, and report hy bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Ramsay also presented a letter on the subject; which was 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Ramsay offered the following resolution : 

RcHOlved. That from and after Saturday next the HouRe shall meet at eleven 
antemeridian and adjourn at three ©"clock postnieridlaa until otherwise 
ordered ; 

which was not adopted. 

Mr, J. M. Leach offered the following resolution; which was 
adopted : 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
into the expediency of repealing so much of the act, passed the seventeenth 
I'ehruarj' 'ast, as exempts from conscription persons owning and working 
fifteen hands or more between the ages of sixteen and fifty years, and report 
to this House by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Logan presented the petition of sundry citizens of Polk 
County, N. C, praying the establishment of a mail route ; which was 
referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced 

A joint resolution " condemning secret sessions; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
<m Ways and Means. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Re»olveil, Tbat tl>e Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to iogulre Into 
the expediency of putting the ofllcers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps 
upon the same footing with reference to pay and allowan.ces as those of the 
Kume grade In the infiiiitry of the Provisional Army. 

Mr. Miles presented a letter from Col. Lloyd J, Bea!l on that sub- 
ject ; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 



284 JOtlBNAL OP THE [Not. 18, 1864. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'jVn act to organize forces to serve 
during the war;'" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

RcMli^ed. Tbat tlie Committee nn FoBt-Olflceti nod Fmt-RoadH be insitructed 
to Inquire iDtu tbe propriety of iiK'reaslug the coDipeuxntloo of tbe clerks and 
empluyeefl ot the pOBHitRce at Owrieston, South Cnrollna, and report hy bill or 
othenvlse. 

Mr. Mile.s presented a letter on the same subject; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr, Farrow, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution : 



The resolution was adopted. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Retolved, Tbat tbe Committee on the Medleal I>ei)artment be lustrueted to 
Inquire au<l report if any and what leginlatlon is nefeswiry to 8e<Tire to patlent'4 
tbe better distriljutioD of hospital suppliea. 

Mr. Cluskey presented the memorial of clerks and employees in 
Richmond Arsenal, asking increase of compensation; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nasli, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz : 

lir. Speaker: The Senate have pansed a bill of the following title, viz: 

8. 86. All act fixing the salaries of certain civil olflcere in tbe Trann-Miasls- 
Hlppl Department : 

In which I ani directed to auk the concurrence of this House. 

On motion of Mr. Rus.sell, the House resolved itself into secret 
session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 
ses.sion. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. SO) " fixing the 
salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-Mississippi Depart- 
ment; " which was read a first and second time and referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Me^ns. 

On motion of Mr. McMullin, 

The House adjourned. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the pi;ivilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited period." 
Pending which. 

The House, on motion of Mr. McMullin, 
Resolved itself into open session. 



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TENTH DAY— SATURDAY, November 19, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Baker. 

()n motion of Mr. Clopton, leave of absence was granted his col- 
K'a^e, Mr. Pugh (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

ilr. Blandford moved that the rule be suspended limiting the 
( 'ommittee on Military Affairs to one member from each- State, to 
enable the Chair to appoint another member to that committee. 

I'he motion prevailed, and the Chair appointed Mr. Wickham of 
Virginia a member of the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. IVrkins, from the .'^elect Committee on Reporting the Debates 
of the House, submitted a report; which was read and, on motion, 
laid upon the table. 

Mr. Staples, from the Select Committee on the Subject of Exemp- 
tion of State Officers, submitted a report and the following resolu- 
tion: 

Rr»olvett. That a joint committee be appointed, to ooiisint of one mMiii>er 
from encb State on tfae part of tbe House and such number as may be appointed 
by tbe Senate, wlioee duty it nbail be to ascertain tbc number of olllcerB In 
encb one of tbe several States exempted by exititlnK laws from military eervice 
in the armies of the Confederate States, for the purpiB*e of ciirrylng on the 
Kuvernnient of such States, and if the number so exempted be liireer than the 
put)lic iiecesfity sball neem to r«|ulre. tbat the committee prepare and report 
to ttie House an address appealing to each one of snid Slates so to modify 
their respective exemption laws as to render liable to niHitiiry serviw all able- 
t-odled men between elicbteen and forty-five years of HKe whi«e servli-e In 
tbelr seTeral olBpes may lie temiwnirlly dispensed with witlioul detriment to 
tbe government of Rucb State. 

The question being on postponing the resohition and placing it on 
the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The following messages were received fnun the Senate, by Mr. 
Nash, their Secretary : 

J/r. apeaker: The Senate have passed u lilli (S. lai) to amend an ai-t 
entitled "An act to orKanisie forces to serve duriniE tile war." aiipnived Keic 
ruary >7, 18fi4 ; In which I am directed to ask tbe concurrence of IIiIh House. 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have passed bills of the following titles; In which 
1 am directed to ask tiie concurrence of this House. vIk : 

S. 9tl- An act to extend tiie time witiiin whh-b boiderH nf 'ireH*ury notes of 
the old issue may exchnnjce tbe same for notes of the new issue; and 

S. 100. An act to amend the act to provide an invalid con«*. approved Feb- 
ninry 17. 18G4. 

Tlie morning hour having expired, 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved that the Calendar l)e postponed; which 
motion prevailed. 

Mr. Blandford called the question; which waw orderecl. and the 
resohition was adopted. 

Mr. Staples moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution 
was adopted. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bdl (S. 103) " to amend 
an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve during the war.' 



286 JOURNAL OF THE INiiv. 31. I8»4. 

approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and «lxty-foHr;" 
which wa-s read a first and second time. 

On motion of Mr. Clark, the rule having been suspended requiring 
the bill to be referred to a committee, the bill was read a third time 
and passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by whidi the bill wa.s 
passed. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

The Chair laid Ijefore the House a Senate bill (S. 96) "to extend 
the time within which holders of Treasury notes of the old issue may 
exchange the same for notes of the new issue;" which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 100) " to amend the act to provide an in- 
valid corps, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four; " which was read a first and second time and referred to 
the Committee on Military Afi'airs. 

On motion of Mr. Blandford, 

The House adjourned. 

ELEVENTH UiAY— MONDAY, Notembbr 21, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The Hou.se met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev, Dr. Hoge. 

On motion of Mr. Hartridge, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Showmake, whose home is endangered by the approach 
of the public enemy. 

Messrs. Herbert and Darden, of Texas, and Mr. Norton, of Mis- 
souri, appeared, were sworn to support the Constitution of the Con- 
federate States, and took their seats. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of Alabama, his absence until the present 
time was excused, he having been detained from his scat by sickness 
in his family, 

Mr. Russell offered the following resolution: 

Resolved. That this House deems It proper. In view of recent events, to repeat 
tlie docliiDitlon timde by Congress iu a jofiit resolution !i|ii)roved March eieventit 
pichteen hundred niid slity-two, declaring the sense of fkingress Id r^ard to 
reuniting with the United States, "tbnt it Is the unalterable determination of 
tlie |)eople of the Confederate States, in humhie reliance on Almightj^ God, to 
suffer all the calamities of the most protracted war, but that they will never, 
on any terms, politically afnilate with n people who are guilty of an Invasion 
of their soil and the butchery of their citizens." 

Mr, Russell called the question ; which was ordered. 
Mr. Russell, demanded the yeas and nays on the adoption of the 
resolution ; 

Which were ordered. 

And are recorded as follows, viz; -j Wg,„ a 

Yeas: Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, Bell. Blandford, Bwce, 
Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M, Bnic(\ Horatio W. Bruce, Bur- 
nett, Chamljers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Chiskey, Colyar. 
Conrow, Cruikshank, Dnrden, De .Tamette. Dickinson, Diipre, 
Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Goode. 



Nov. ;!1. lMn4.J HOUSK OF REPRl-a^ENTATIVES. 287 

Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Herljert, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Joliii- 
ston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J, M. Leach, J. T. Leach, I*ster, 
Logan, Lyon, Machen. McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, 
Moore, Murray, Norton. Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Read, Rives. Rogers, 
Russell, Sexton, Simpson. J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Ala- 
bama, Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Tur- 
ner, Vest. Villere, Welsh, Wickham, Wilkes, Witherspoon, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Kays: None. 

So the resolution was unanimously adopted. 

Mr. Russell moved to reconsider the vote by wliich the re»>olution 
wa.s adopted, and called tiie question ; which was ordered. 

Tlip motion to reconsider was lost. 

Mr, Moore moved that the rule be suspended to allow members wlio 
were not present when the vote on the adoption of the rc.-iolution was 
taken to record their votes at any time during the day. 

The motion prevailed. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary- ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have pnesed blllfi of the following titles, viz; 

S. 80. An act to repeal a part of the twenty-sixth nectlon of an a(-t approve^l 
February 15, 1862. entitled "Ad act to alter and amend an act entitled 'An a<-t 
for tlie sequestration of the extates. property, and effects of alien eneiiilex. tiiiil 
for indemalty of citizens of the Confederate States and persons nldlne the sniiie 
in the existlus war with the United States," approved August thirtieth. elRlitcen 
hundred and elxty-oue ; " and 

P. 101. An act to authorize the eschanRe of reElstered bonds Issiieil under the 
act of February 28, 1861. for coupon bonds of like amounts and times for 
payment : 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was ado|)U'd : 

Rr'mlred, That the Committee on Claims be Instructed to Inquire lnt(* the 
exp«llency of autborlzlDg the Secretary of the Treasury to issue to John F. 
Wbitfleld duplicate bonds of the fifteen million loan In lieu of certain bonds 
of that ile^criptlon, the property of snld Whitfield, wliich were destroyed on 
hoard the steamship BetiureRnrd on the twenty-sixth of June, etfthteen hini- 
dred and s1.\ty-three. to prevent their falllnK into the hands of the enemy. 

Mr. McMuUin presented a communication from William Y. C, 
Hammond, touching certain recommendations of the Secretary of 
War,; which was reftrred to the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Cruikshank otfered the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz; 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military AfTairB be Instnicted to ascertnin 
what legislation, if any. Is necessary to carry Into Immediate effect the agree- 
ment recently made with the Federal authorltle«i by which the Government 
o( the Confederate States Is authorized to send contributions of food nnri 
elothlDR to prisoners In tiie hands of toe enemy In order that such supplies as 
are necessary to the health and comfort of our prisoners ma; be promptly 
furnished. 

Mr. Hilton offered the following re.solntion; which was adopted: 

RpDolvcd, That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
Hhnt i^lslation. If any. Is necessnrj- to secure the reslmentai and company 
officers, whose Boperlors in rank are held in captivity by the enemy, the pro- 
inotioa to wbicb they are Justly entitlea 



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288 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 21. 1864. 

Mr. Hartridge introduced 

A bill " to fix the salary of the judge of the district court of the 
Confederate States for the district of Georgia ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Hell introduced 

A bill " to continue in force an act entitled 'An act to increase the 
compensation of noncommissioned officers and privates in the Army 
of the Confederate States,' approved June ninth, eighteen hundred 
and sixty- four; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Villere offered the following resolution; which was adopted : 

R«»olvei, That the Committee on Military AITalrB be Inatrueted to Inqiiirp 



Mr. Lamkin offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Resotved. That the Committee on Military AfTalre be inetructed to Inquire into 
tiie expcdlen<-y of re|>ealing no much ot the act entitled "An act to regulate the 
destruction of property uuiier military net'esslty, aud to provide for the Indem- 
nity thereof," apiiroved Mnrch Heventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, an 
iiuthorlees the buralnfc of rotton belonglnfi; to parties other than the Confederate 
StateH Oorernment. and that they report to this House by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Orr introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend the tax laws,' 
approved fourteenth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Barksdale introduceil 

A bill " to prohibit trading with the enemy ;" 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the C-omniiltee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. J, T. Leach introduced 

A joint resolution " in favor of female clerks in the Departments of 
the Confederate Government;" 
which was read a first and second time, 

Mr, J, T. r.>each moved that the rule Im suspended requiring the 
joint resolution to be referred to a committee, and demanded the yeas 
and nays thereon ; which were not ordered. 

The motion to suspend the rule was lost, and the joint res4ilutioii 
was referred to the Committee on the Quartermaster's and Commis- 
sary Departments. 

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced 

A joint resolution " defining the rights of the States in furnishing 
soldiers for the Confederate service;' 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Smith of North Carolina introduced 

A bill " declaring four per cent bonils and certificates therefor 
receivable in payment of public taxes, and regulating the transfer 
thereof ;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

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Nov. 21, 1864.J HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 289 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina offered the following resolution; 
which was udopted, viz : 

Rciolved, That the Swretnrj ot tbe Treasury be requested, to wmimunlcate 
to the House whether Treasury iiotps of tbe new Issue are e.\ohikiij;<^ for tbi>Be 
of tLe old affording to the regulrt-nientH ot the curreticy act of the seventeenth 
I'ebruaiy lant: and i( not, the reasons therefor, mid the arranKenients made 
for atith exchange. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adoptetl: 
Resolfcd, That tbe L'oninilttee on Ways and Means be directed to ascertain 
and report whether in tbe execution of ttie tax laws instructions have been 
Issued from the Treasury or War I>ei)artuieutM to the following effect : 

1. Declaring plantation slnves too young to labor and plantation stock not 
directlj' or indlrei.-tly used In tilling the soil not agricultural pro|>erty, and 
denying their owner the benefit of tbe credit arising from the tithes yielded 
front such plantation. 

2. ^iwrntlng and dividing farms and excluding from the beneBt of the same 
credit, all the woodland or uncultivated parts thereof l>eyond a limited amount, 
t>earing some definite ratio to the whole or the cultivated portions of tbe same. 

3. Divesting assessors of tlielr functions as appraisers and prescrlblug values 
to be put on produce and other proi>erty in certain cases. 

4. Determining the amount of grain received In raising and fattening hogs 
and to be exempt from tithes, without regard to tbe Judgment of tbe assessors 
or the circumstances of each ease. 

And that they reimrt whether these instructions, if issued, ore warrante«l by 
law, and what remedy. If any, Is retiulred to insure the execution of the liivv 
as enacted by Congress. 

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Hcxolced, That the Committee on Jlilltary Affairs be Instructed to inquire 
and report to the House whether any and what legislation Is required to pre- 
vent the prostration of the Industrial Interests of the country to ensue from 
the execution of (ieneral Orders. No. . of the Adjutant and Inspector Gen- 
eral's Office, revoking all details of persons between the ages of eighteen end 
forty-five years not In the employ of tbe Government; and to secure to the 
country a sufficient supply of the me^'banlcul skill and latK)r uiion which the 
successful prosci-ntion of its agricultural and other operations depend. 

Mr. Smith of Xorth Carolina presented a communication from the 
adjutants of tlie North Carolina regiments, touching their pasition in 
the service; which was referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr. Fuller presented a communication from John W. Hinsdale, 
captain and assistant adjutant-general, relative to the funding of 
certain money ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Fuller introduced 

A bill 'Wto amend an act entitled 'An act to organize forces to serve 
during the war,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-four;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles presented the memorial of Mrs. M. A. Snowden and 
others, of South Carolina, in relation to a bazaar sale in aid of 
soldiers' homes and hospitals and clothing for the Navy; which was 
referred to the Committee on Commerce. 

Mr. Simpson introduced 

A bill " to provide for filling vacancies in company, battalion, and 
regimental officers;" 

which was read a first and second time and referred to tbe Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

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290 JOURNAL OF THE [Not. 21. 1864. 

Mr, Farrow introduced 

A bill " to prohibit the improper piirchnse of furloughs granted for 
recruits and the arrest of deserters; " 

which was read a fii-st and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Murray introduced 

A bill " for the relief of Captain O, P. Schoolfield and others; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Swan offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Rcgolred. Thflt the Swretnry of the Trensury be respectfully re<iuested to coin- 
muniotite tn tlilH IIoiii4e what requlsltlonn. If any, havt> l>eeii made since April Brnt. 
etKhteen hundred and sixty-four, u|)on the Treasury for funds wherewith to pay 
the offi<-erH and soldiers of the Army and tor tl>e purchase of sulMistence : and 
nlBo, that he furthermore l>e requested to Inform the [louse whether such requi- 
sitions have been met In whole or In patt ; and If not, why not. 

On motion of Mr. Holliday, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr, Funsten {called home by sickness in his femily). 

Mr. Holliday, by leave, offered the following rc^lution ; which was 
adopted : 

Rc»olred, I'hut the f'ouiuiittee on Military Affah'x Inquire Into the ex|>edleQcy 
of no amending fhn act providing for an " Invtilld <iirpB " as to extend the bene- 
fit of the KBtue to those officers and iwlvutes who bad resigned or been discharged 
prior to the iinssaKe of the act. 

On motion of Mr. Lester, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Echols, whose home is endangered by the approach of the 
public enemy. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 101) " to author- 
ize the exchange of registered bonds issued under the act of February 
twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, for coupon bonds of 
like amounts and times for payment;" which was read a first and 
second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 8!)) " to repeal a part of the twenty-sixth sec- 
tion of an act approved February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-two, entitled 'An act to alter and amend an act entitled "An 
act for the sequestration of the estates, propertv, and effects of 
alien enemies, and for indemnity of citizens of the Confederate States 
and persons aiding the same in the existing war with the United 
States," approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty- 
one;'" which was reaa a first and second time and referreil to the 
Committee on the Judiciarv- * 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion; and having spent some lime therein, resolved itself into open 
session. 

The Chair laid before the House a message from the President; 
which was read as follows, viz : 

Richmond. Va,. November 21. tSH^. 
To the House of Repregentatives: 

In response to your resolution of the 8th Instant. I herewith transmit a com- 
munlciition from the Secretary of War, which conveys the Information requested 
relative to the act of June 14, ISfM, " to provide and organize a general staff," 

Tlie Heventh section of the iict InveHts the Exerntive with the discretion which 
has been exerelsed. The eluhlh section, by restricting appolntnienta, Indicates 
the courHe whieh has been pursued In the ntteinpt to ascertain with accuracy 
tlie niuuber of officers lu the several staff (uri'Si so as to distribute tbem in 



Nov. 22. 1S64.1 HOUSE OF BEPRESBNTATIVBB. 291 

aceordflnce witli the order from the Adjutaut-Generul's Office, n copy of which Ik 
nan«xed. aa well ns to ascertain whether there nre not sniwrnuruerttry Ktaff 
(^c«rs now la oommlflBlon who Rhonid be dlacharged. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS, 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the message and accompanying documents 
were laid upeti the table and ordered to l>e printed. 

The Chair also laid before the House another message from the 
President ; which was read as follows, viz : 

fticKuoND, Va.. November 21, 186i. 
To the House of RcpresetitalivcH: 

1q response to your resolution of the 0th Instnut, T lierewlth transmit com- 
niunlcntlons from the Se<Tetiirips of the Treasury niid of War. covering cople« 
of all Instmctions now In force which have been issuwl to the assessors and 
collectors of taxes. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Clopton, the message and accompanying docu- 
ments wei;p referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Criiikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as 
correctly enrolled 

S. 63. A bill for the relief of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice; and 

S. 103. A bill to amend an act entitled "An act to organize forces 
to serve during the war," approved February 17, 18(!4. 

And the Speaker signetl the same. 

On motion of Mr. Bell, 

The House adjourned until \-2 o'clock m. to-morrow. 



The House being in secret session. 

Resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain nisen for a limited period.'' 
Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. McMullin, 
Resolved itself into open session. 

TWELFTH DAY— TUESDAY, NoraMBER iiS, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjourniueut, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Hoge. 

On motion of Mr. Ewing, 

Ordered, That it be certified upon the Journal that had he been 
present yesterday he would have voted in tiie affirmative on the reso- 
lution offered by Mr. Russell dei^laring the determination of the 
people of the Confederate States never to reunite with the people of 
the United States. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, 

Ordered. That a similar record l>e made in his case. 

Mr. Ijyon, from the Conmiiltee on Ways and Means, to whom hail 
be*-!! referred 

A re.solution " relative to supplies for our prisoners," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration; which was agreed to. 



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292 JOURNAL OP THE [Noy. 22, 1864. 

' Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 91) " to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to 
exchange coupon bonds for seven-thirty Treaaury notes," reported 
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and plaoing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 
a Senate bill (S. 90) " to amend the third section of an act entitled 
"An act to organize forces to serve during the war,' approved Feb- 
ruary seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four," reported back 
the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the biU and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was read a third time and passed, and tli2 title was read 
and agreed to. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " to amend the laws in relation to the receipt of counterfeit 
Treasury notes by public officers," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill. 

It was decided in the negative. 

The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had 
been referred 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Brigadier-General John S. "Wil- 
liams and the officers and men under his command for their victory 
over the enemy at Saltville, Virginia, on the second day of October, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, ' 

reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee 
be discharged from its further consideration, and tliat it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed to- 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported 

A joint resolution " of thanks to Brigadier-General John S, Wil- 
liams and the officers and men under his command for tiieir victory 
over the enemy at Saltville, Virginia, on the second day of October, 
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, ' 
with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The joint resolution was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing 
it on the Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, 
and the title was read and agreed to, 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A joint resolutiou " of thanks to (Jeneral N. B, Forrest and the 
officers and men of his command," 
reported back the sniiie with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing, 

It was decided in the negative. nzcdbyGoOQlc 



Not. 22, 1BS4.] HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 298 

The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, 
and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr- Marshall moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint res- 
olution " of thanks to Brigadier-General John S. Williams and the 
oiBcers and men under his command for their victory over the enemy 
at Saltville, Virginia, on the second day of October, eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four," was passed. 

The motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Miles, the joint resolution was recommitted to 
■ the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred 

A bill " for the suppression of intemperance and its concomitant 
evils in the civil and military departments of the Confederate Gov- 
ernment," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do not pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the affirmative. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (S. W) to amend the law In 
relation to the receipt ot (.■ounterfeit Treasury notes by public officers; In 
which 1 am directed to ash the concurrence ot this House. ^ 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had 
been referred 

A bill (H. R. 214) " to define and punish conspiracy against the 
Confederate States; " 
reported back the same with the recommendstion that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by striking out the word 
" disobedience." 

Mr. Baldwin moved that the bill be printed; which motion pre- 
vailed. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 94) " to amend 
the law in relation to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by 
public officers; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret 
session ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into oi>en 
session. 

On motion of Mr. Keeble, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of tlie bill " to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain canes for a limited period." 
Pending which, 

The House, on motion of Mr. Keeble, 
Resolved itself into open session. 



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jy* JOURNAL OF THE (Nov. 2S, I8(M 

THIRTEENTH DAY— WEDNESDAY, Novembee 23, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Brown. 

On motion of Mr. Branch, the absence of his colleague, Mr. Her- 
bert, at the last session of Congress, was excused, he having been 
detuine<l from his seat by injuries received whilst in the military 
service. 

On motion of Mr. Branch, the absence of his colleague, Mr. Darden, 
at the last session was excused, he not having re<reived the certificate 
of his election in time to attend. 

On motion of Mr. Menees, the absence of his colleague, Mr. Wright, 
was excused until he might be able fo reacii the capital. 

On motion of Mr. Vest, the absence of the Missouri delegation at 
the last session was excused. 

Mr. Wickham presented the memorial of A. M. Bailey, president 
of the Virginia Mechanics' Institute, for increase of rent of tne build- 
ing now occupied bv the War Department; which was referred to 
the Committee on Claims. 

Mr, Miller presented a communication from William H. Cushman 
relative to the appointment of dentists in the Army; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Medical Affairs. 

Mr. Russell introduced 

A bill "to punish certain frauds on the Confederate Government, 
including larceny and embezzlement of property of the Govern- 
ment ; " 

which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on 
the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Clopton offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Resolved, Tbat the Commlttoc on Waj-s ntiil Menns bo liiRtnioted to Inquire 
whether the Instructions issneil ti> itie jirwi-ssors ami iMHrt-totN <if tnxes. and 
which were poininunicated to the Ilouue liy the I'renldeiit iind referr*^ to the 
committee, are In accordance with the tax laws, nnd It not, what IcglHlatlon Is 
necesHarj- to make them «>riforui thereto. 

Mr. Dickinson presented the memorial of R. I). Post, for claim 
against steamer Arrow, and papers in support of said claim; which 
were referred to tlie Coimnittee on Claims. 

Mr. Garland offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Resolved. That so much of the message of the Secretary of War ns suggests 
plans for liiiTeasIng the efHeleney of the cavalry servlt'C l>e rpferred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs, and the wnimlttec be hereby tnstnieted to report 
to the Uouse as early as practicable by bill or otherwise. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Rexolved, That the Presiiient he reaueBted to Inform this House how many 
persona have ai.'cepteil rtpitohUiueuts under the net aiiprovcd June ruurteeotb, 
eighteen hundred and sixtj-four. " i)rovlding for tlie pstAbllxhraent and payment 
of claims for a i-ertiiln deserlptlon of pro|)erty tnken or Informally Impretwed 
for the URP of the Anny." the iiames of such persons, and (or wliat districts of 
country they were apiKiluted. 



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No». 28, 186*.] HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVES. 296 

Mr. Lester introduced 

A bill "to suppress improper and injurious combinations, associa- 
tions, and conspiracies against the Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. W. E. Smith presented the memorial of Joseph M. Cooper, of 
Georgia, asking relief against certain taxation; which was referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Meaii-s, 

Mr. W. E- Smith introduced 

A bill " to abolish the passport system ; " . 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs, 

Mr. W. E, Smith offered the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz : 

BeKlved, TUat tlie Tresident be requested to Inform fbia House wlietber tbe 
oRleera ot our arujies in tlie field bave been permitted to purchase clotb and 
clothing under tbe act or February seventeeutb. eighteen hundred and atxty- 
four. and to what extent; and if such oOlcere have not been supplied as per- 
mitted by said act the cause thereof, and what legislation, if any, Is ueceesary 
to supply their neceesltleH. 

Also, the following resolution ; wliich was adopted : 
Resolved, That the President of tbe Confederate States be requested to Inform 
this House under and hy what authority tbe Secretary of the Navy has con- 
tracted with Nelson Tift aud others for the ereotlon of a flouring mill in the 
city of Albany, Georgia ; the ternis ot the contract undfir which said mill has 
l>eeu erected and put In operation ; also what estate, If any, the Ooveruuient has 
acquired in the laad on which BaidinlU bus been located, the extent of the same, 
and the amount contracted to be paid therefor. 

Mr. Moore offered tlie following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Retolved. That the President of tbe Confederate States, If not incompatible 
with the public interest, cause to he comiuuiilcated to this House tbe nature 
and' extent of any arrangement which may have been made by the Quarter- 
master-General, or any other agent or officer of tbe Government for the relief 
of our soldiers who ore prisoners of war in the hands of the enemy. 

Also, the following resolution : which was adopted : 
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means Inquire Into the expedi- 
ently and propriety of extending by law to persons who have been prisoners of 
war in the hands of the enemy the privilege of funding or exchanging for the 
new Issue such Treasury notes of the old Issue as they may have had and could 
not fund or exchange by reaiwn of such Imprisonment. 

Mr. Perkins offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to report as 
soon as they conveniently can on tbe suggestions of the Secretary of the Treas- 
ury as to the propriety of the Government's buying all tbe cotton now In the 
ConfedcracT. 

Mr. Holder presented the memorial of sundry citizens of Tisho- 
mingo County, Miss., asking relief from the collection of taxes ; whidi 
was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Clark offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Resolved, That the President be requested to cause to be communicated to 
this House as soon as practicable the number of employees in tbe Treasury 
Department on duty In tbe city of Richmond, in what offices employed, and the 
fitates from whence appointed. Also the number of civil and military officers 
on duty In the War Department in the city of Itichmond and at the bospltnls 
and camps In its Immedlale vicinity, their mnli. ages, and from what State 
they entered tbe service or were apitoluted ; tbe number of bureaus tbeie now 



396 JOURNAL OP THE [Not. 23, 18«. 

lire Id the War I>e|Mirtnieiit In Rlehuion<1, the particular :u'tt< of CongreRs uDder 
W'blcb tlipy were cr^ntetl. nii<] tlie rank and iiuiiiltfr of ofHcera couipoBlng tfaeiu. 
tbelr general i)on-era aud duties an autburlzed by law, dl»tliigulBb1iig disabled 
ni)d detailed ofHeerH and iirlvntea from citizens, and tbe iiuuibers employed In 
each bureau : also tbe number of employees in tbe Post-Offiee Department, from 
wbat State appointed or employed, their ages and when iisslgned to duty; also 
tbe Dumlier of empioyeett engaged In tbe Department of Justice, their agee anil 
from what Sjtate taken. 

Mr. Witherspoon offeree! the following resolution; which was 
adopted : 

Rrmtlred. That It be referred tc) tbe (\nimiltlee im Piist-Offloes and Poet-Roadii 
to inquire Into the propriety of eatabllBhlng :i senihveekiy mall route from 
Pleasant Hill to Dudley iinil Rutlt>r i>ost-offl<>es In T-aiicaater district, Soutb 
Carolina. 

Mr. Simpson introduced 

A bill " to provide for the transfer of dismounted cavalrymen to 
other branches of the .service, and to supply the places of those thus 
transferred ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution; which was adoptetd: 

Resolved, That the Coumiittee on Ways and Means l>e Instructed to iuquire 
Into the expediencj' of requiring the tax on mnnufnctures to be jMild in kind, 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to organize the field artillery of the Confederate States; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Atkins offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Re»olved, That tlip President be respectfully reoueatod to inform this House 
whether the cotton iielouglng to tbe Confederate States Is securely protected 
from tbe weather, aud If It is not. t))en further to Inform this House who tbe 
officers or agents are to wbose care the cotton bus lieeii confided. 

On motion of Mr. H. W. Bruce, the House resolved itself into 
secret session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself 
into open session. 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, under a suspension of the rules, 
offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

) appoint an additional member 

On motion of Mr. Moore, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock m. to-morrow. 



The House being in secret session, 

R^umed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited jjeriod." 
Mr. Foote submitted the following amendment: 

Strike out ail after the word " sus|)ended." in the tbird llae of tbe flrat eec- 
tion ; which reads as follows, viz : " but sucli sust>eiiBioLi shall apply only to tbe 
cases of persons arrested or detained by order of the President. Secretary 
of War, or the general officer commanding the Trans- Mississippi Military De- 
partment, by tbe authority and under tbe control of the President. It Is hereby 
declared that the purpose of Cougresa In tbe passage of thie act ia to piovi^ 



Mot. 2i. 1864.1 HOUSE OP BEPRESENTATTVES. 297 

uwre elTectunlly for tbe public safety by su»i|)«ii^liig the (vrlt of babens «>ri)us 
iu tbe foUowiiii; i-iiHen. mid no otbem; 

** First. Of treason or treusoiiable efforts or euuibinatlonH to subvert tbe 
' GoveFDUieiit of tbe CoDfederitte States. 

"Second. Of conspl nicies to overthrow tbe Ooverniuent. or eoiisplrncles to 
reeiat tbe lawful autboritles of tbe Confederate States. 

"Tblrd. Of Minbliilug to aaaiat the eciemy, or of iwinmunlcntlng Intelligence 
to tbe enemy, or giving blin aid and comfort. 

"Fourth. Of conspiracies, preparations, and attempts to Incite servile Insur- 
rection. 

" Fifth. Of desertions ur encouraging desertions, of harboring deserters, and 
of attempts to avoid military service; Provided, That in eases of palpable 
ivrong iind oppresaion, by auy subordlimte officer, upon any party who doen not 
legally owe military service, bla sui>erior offlcer shall grant prompt relief to the 
oppressed party, and tbe su]>ordhiate shall be dismissed from office. 

'■ Sixth. Of spies and other emisaurles of tbe enemy. 

" Seventh. Of holding correspondence or Intercourse with the enemy without 
necessity and without permission ot the Confederate States. 

" Eighth. Of unlinvfu) trading witii tbe enemy, and other offenses against the 
laws of the Confedernte States eniicted to promote their success In the war. 

" Ninth. Of conspiracies or attempts to liberate prisoners of war held by tbe 
Confederate StnteK. 

-Tenth. Of consr>irncle8, or utteuiina, or preparations to aid tbe euemy. 

" Eleventh. Of persons advising or liicltiog others to abandon the Confed- 
erate cause, or to resist the Confederate States, or to adhere to tbe enemy. 

"Twelfth. Of unlawfully burning, destroying, or Injuring, or attempting to 
burn, destroy, or Injure, any bridge or railroad or teiegrnphlc line Of communi- 
cation or other property, with the Intent of aiding tbe enemy. 

"Thirteenth. Of treasonable designs to impair the military power of the 
.Government by destroying, or ntteiiipting to destroy, the vessels, or armH, or 
munilioDS of war. or arsenals, foundries, workshops, or other property of tbe 
Confederate States. 

" Sec. 2. Tbe President shall cause proper officers to investigate tbe cases of 
ail persons so arrested or detained. In order that they may be discharged If 
Improperly detained, unless they can be speedily tried in tbe due course of law. 

"Sbc. 3. That during tbe suapenslon aforesaid no military or other ofBcer 
Bhall be compelled, in answer to any writ of habeaa corpus, to appear in person 
or to return tbe body of any iieraon or i>ersous detained by him by authority of 
the President, Secretary of War, or tbe getienii oilicer commuuding the Trans- 
MiBsiaslppl Department; but upon the certificate, under oath, of the officer 
having charge of anyone so detained that such person is detained by bim as a 
prisoner for any of the caii.ses hereinbefore s|)ecifled, under tbe anthorlty afore- 
said, further proceedings under the writ of bnlwas corpus shall Immediately 
ceaae and remain suspended so long as this act sbaii continue in force. 

" Sko. 4, This act shall continue in force for ninety days after tlie next meet- 
ing of Congress, and no longer." 

On motion of Mr, Blandford, 

The House resolved itself into open session, 

FOURTEENTH DAY— THURSDAY, November 34, 1864. 

OPEN SESaiON. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev, Dr, Pickett. 

TTie House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business 
of Tuesday last ; which was the bill " to define and punish conspiracy 
against the Confederate States." 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Marshall, 

It was decided in the neeative. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following amendment: 

In line 3, after the word " shall," Insert the words " with intent to Injure the 
Confederate States : " 

which was agreed to. 



298 JOURNAL OP THE [Nov. a*. 1864. 

Mr. Bradley submitted the following amendment: 

In line 10, after the wiinl '" fu." Insert the tvurds " or belonging to ; " 
which was agreed to. 

Mr. Lester submitted the following amendment: 

In line 15, after the word " illsobedlence," Inxert tbe wordR " of lawful mlll- 
tarj orders ; " 

which was agreed to. 

Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment 
of Mr. Lester was agreed to. 

Pending which, 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved that the House resolve itself into secret 
session; which motion was lost. 

Mr. Atkins called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion 
to reconsider was lost, 

Mr. Miles submitted the following amendment : 

In line 16, ofter the tvoiil "desertion," Inmert the words "or uniiutliorlTed 
absence." 

Mr. Orr called the question ; whicli was ordered, and the amend- 
ment was agreed to. 

Mr. Holliday submitted tlie following amendment: 
strike out all after tlie word "shnll." In line 19. wlileb reads as follOTCS. viz: 
"ttlial! be ]>unisl)ed liy Hne uut exc'etillui; tlve tliouHand dollars, iinJ kU;iI1 be 
imprisoned, witli or without labor, not exi-eediiig Bve yeui-s," iind insert In lieu 
thei'eof tbe words " sball be punlsbed, at the dlHcretlon of the Jury, by dentb. or 
by Hue not exceeding five thouHand dollars, and Imiirlsoned, with or without 
labor, not exceeding Ave yeora." 

Mr. Rogers moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Holliday by 
striking out the whole thei-eof and inserting in its stead the words 

Hhall lie iinjil.tbed by death, or by fine and luiiirlwiiiiiient, at the dlHcretlon of 
the trourt. 

Mr. Ayer called the question; which was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr. Kogers to the amendment of Mr. Holliday 
was lost, 

Mr. Turner moved to recommit the tiill and amendments to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. 

The motion was lost. 

Mr. Machen called the question; whicli was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr. Holliday was lost. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Seuute have pnnMed a bill (S. Ill) to autiiorize the Presi- 
dent to appoint comnilssio net's for the escbange of prisoners; in which 1 am 
dlrecleil to ask the concurrence of this House. 



Mr, Clark submitted the following amendment: 
Prorided, That for offenses under this law, persons who belong to the Army 
or Navy, or iwrsons connected with the military Kervitt'. shall be tried by a 
military court or court-martial, and citizens shall be tried by indictment or 
tii-esentment, giving tbem the right of a jury trial. 

Mr, Hilton moved the previous question. 
Pending which. 

The House, on motion of Mr, McMuIlin, 
Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow. 



Nov. jr., 1864.] HOUSE OF EEPRESENTATIVES. 299 

FIFTEENTH DAY— FRIDAY, Noveiibek 25, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournuient, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Hoge. 

The Ciiair laid before the House a commiiuication from the Presi- 
dent ; which was read as follows, viz ; 

Richmond. Va.. Xnvcmber 3.f. IHG-i. 
To Ike House of Rcpregetttatices: 

In respoHHC to your resolution of tlie StU lustnnt I berewlth transuilt a coui- 
luuulcation from tbe Secrctiiry of War rclutive to tlie M|)e<*iiil exi-liaiige o( pris- 
oDers of war liv the oiiiiiuilasloner of e.\<-bniigo. 

JEl'FERSON DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Hanly, the communication and accompanying 
documents were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. 

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury in response to a resolution on the subject of the 
exchange of the old issue of Treasury notes for the new; which, on 
motion of Mr. Kenner, was laid upon the table and ordered to be 
printed. 

The Chair presented the petition of certain reserve troops of the 
State of Virginia, praying to be discharged from military service on 
grounds of public and private necessity; which was referred to the 
Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Montague presented several communications from the adju- 
tants of certain Virginia and North Carolina regiments, touching 
their position in the service and praying relief, etc.; which wore re- 
ferred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a communication relative to the pay of ward matrons; which 
was referred to the Committee on the M«dical Department. 

Mr. De Jamette presented the memorial of certain pilots in the 
James River Squadron, asking increase of pay; which was referred 
to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Also, the memorial of the county court of Culpeper, asking to Iw 
relieved from the payment of taxes for the years ]Sti3 ana 18(14; 
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 

Mr. Goode presented a commnnication from Cnpt. William M. 
Tredwaj^, Company I, Fifty-third Regiment Virginia Infantry, rel- 
ative to increase or pa^' of officers of the line; which was referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Goode offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Regolved, That a speeinl oouiiulttee ot Ave be appcilnted by tbe Cbnlr. whnso 
duty It shall be to Inquire luul re|)ort wbat leKiHtntloii is necessary to rciiicilj- 
existing evllB and defect.^ lii the present Bysteiii of <'iiiisiTiirtloii, ami tUiit hiald 
committee have power to rei>ort by Uill or <itlier\vlw". 

Mr, Wickham presented the memorial of certain ladies, employees 
in the Post -Office Department, asking increase of compensation; 
which was referred to tne Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, memorial of the Society of Friends, for the o\em])tion of cer- 
tain of its members who are lield to military service: which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Chilton offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Reniilved. That the Conmiltteu on Qiiarti'miaater's and Comiiilssary Deiart- 
mentM Inquire Into the cxiiedlcncy of ho auieudliii: the exiMthi^ Hiatutes provld- 



JOtlBNAL OF THE [Kot. 25, IBW. 



eiKbteea buDdred and sixty-four, as to require such (.-laluis as are a8<«rtalne<l 
to be JiiHt to be paid, and esteudlng tbe time for the expiration of tlie said 
Htatate so as to afford to claimants a reasouable opportunity of eetabllshing 
tbeir claims. 

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Re»olved, That the Committee on Military Affairs do luquire Into the expedi- 
ency and propriety of procuring for tbe use of the Qoveniment an adequate 
numl>er of Cnrkeei's lamellar Iron-wrougbt guns, and that said committee rejNtrt 
by bill or otbenvlae. 

Mr. Cruikshank presented the memorial of citizens of Shelby 
County, Ala., relative to details of blacksmiths, millers, shoemakers, 
and tanners for that county ; which was referred to the Committee on 
Military Affairs. 

Mr, Hanly moved that the message of the President, in response 
to a resolution of the House, of the 8th instant, relative to the act " to 
provide and organize a general staff," be taken up for consideration. 

The motion prevailed. 

On motion of Mr. Foots, the message and accompanying documents 
were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, under a sus- 
pension of the rules, reported 

A bill " to provide more effectually for the reduction and redemp- 
tion of tlie currency ; " 

which was rend a first and second time, postponed until Tuesday next, 
made the special order for that day, and from day to day imtil dis- 
posed of, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Hanly offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Re»olvcA. T\\i\t tlie Committee on Ways and Means be. and they are hereby, 
instructed to lii(|ulre into tbe expedienry of i>rovldinK by law for the payment 
for nil produce destroyed by the offlccra of the Government or by Its owners In 
pursuance of tbe act In such case made and provided, and that thej- report by 
bill or otberwise. 

Mr. McMuUin, under a suspension of tlie rules, offered the follow- 
ing resolution ; which was adopted : 

RcKiilrpd. That tbe S|>eaker he empowered to enlarge tbe Committee on Public 
nuildln)^ by tbe api>olntment of two additional members. 

Mr. Hilton presented the memorial of matrons of Chimborazo 
Hospital, on tht^ subject of hospital organization ; which was referred 
to the Committee on Medical Department. 

Also, the memorial of the juage of probate and president of the 
board of commi-ssioners of Leon County, Fla., asking such legislation 
as may be necessary to secure to nonproducers the right of purchasing 
from bonded agriculturists; which was referred to the Committee on 
Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments. 

Mr, Hartridge presented the memorial of certain adjutants in the 
Army relative to their positions in the service ; which was referred to 
the Committee on Military Affairs, 

Mr. Blandford offered the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That tbe President be requested to furniRb tills House with a list of 
nil (■oiiimisRltincil officers nttnched to and employed In tbe different Departments 
and bureaus of tlie Onveriinient In the elty of Richmond, sbowlog their ages and 
how many are Qt for Held service. ,- , 



No». 26, 18M.] HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATIVES. . 301 

Mr. Lester presented the memorial of the field and line officers of 
General Anderson's brigade, setting forth the great need of clothing 
that exists amongst the officers of that command, together with the 
difficulties in the way of obtaining an adequate supply, and appealing 
to Congress to afford them relief hy appropriate legislation; whidi 
was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Marshall presented the petition of Flavel Belcher, of Loui- 
siana, asserting a claim for property destroyed by the military author- 
ity ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Dupre offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Rfaoli-cd. That ttie Committee on Mllltar; Affairs inquire what legislation. 
If any, Is scceaRar]' for assignment to dnty of tboHe odlcers who, luvint; 
heen retired under the late act " providing for an Invalid corps," are relieved 
rrom disability, as provided for by tbat net. 

Mr. Welsh offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Resolved, That a committee of five nieuiliers \m appointed to inve^ttigate the 
management of Stewart Hospital, iienr this city, particninriy dlrcctinK their 
attention to the rations and diet supplied to the sick and convalescent patients of 
tliat hospital, and that they report the result of their Investigation to this 
House. 

On motion of Mr. Barksdale, leave was granted him to withdraw 
from the files of the House, on the usual terms, the papers in support 
of the claim of Xathaniel Moore and the city of Jacltson, and to have 
them referred to the Committee on Claims. 
Mr. Holder offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Reaotved, That the Committee on the Judiciary l)e Instructed to inquire into 
the expediency of so amending the act of ConKTeas approved June fourteenth, 
eighteen tmndred and sixty-four, " providing for the establishment and payment 
of claims for a description of property taken or Informally Impressed for the use 
of the Army." or to authorize the commissioner apiMlnted under said act to 
compel the attendance of virltnesses and to continue investigations from day to 
day at his discretion. 

Mr. Holder presented a letter from Charles T. Trutame on the same 
subject; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

On motion of Mr, Conrow, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Norton (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

On motion of Mr. Herbert, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. Sexton (detained from his seat by indisposition). 

Mr. Bridgers presented the memorial of citizens of Beaufort 
County, N. C., asking to be relieved from the payment of taxes for the 
year 1864 ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. Bridgers, leave was given him to withdraw from 
the files of the House the papers in support of the claim of Thomas 
A. Hill, for the purpose of having them referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of North Carolina, leave was granted liim 
to withdraw from the files the papers in the case of John D. Souther- 
land, commissary agent, and nave them referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. J. T. Tjeach introduced 

A joint resolution " in favor of liberty ; " 
which was read a first time. 

Mr. Montague moved that the joint resolution l>e rejected. 

Mr - Kenner called the question ; which was ordered. 



302 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 26. ISM. 

Mr. J. T. Leach (lemniuled the yeas and nays thereon; 

Whicli were ordered, 

And are ret-orded as follows, viz: | v^^^ « 

Yeas: Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, Bell, Blandford, 
Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, 
Conrow, Cruikshank, Darden, De Jarnctte, Dickinson, Dupr^, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, 
Hartridge, Hatcher, Herbert, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, 
Keeble, Kenner, J. M, Leach, Lester, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCal- 
lum, McMullin, Menecs, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Orr, Per- 
kins, Ramsavi Bead, Rives, Rogers, Rus.sell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, 
W. E. Smith, Smith o£ Alabama, Smith of North CftroHna, Snead, 
Staples, Swan, Trinlett, Vest, Villere, Welsh, Wickham, Wilkes, 
Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays; J. T, Leach, T^ogan, and Turner, 

So the joint resolution was rejected. 

Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and to lay the 
motion to reconsider on the table; which latter motion prevailed. 

A me.s.saec was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary, as follows, viz : 

Mr. Speaker: Tlie Semite hdve |>a8Mc<] bills of the followlnt; titles, viz: 

S. Oft. A 1)111 to continue In forif iin act entitled "An act [irovidlog for the 
etttabllHlmieiit and payment of clnlnis for a certain description of property taken 
or informally tmiirettiied for ttie use uf ttae Army," approved June 14, 1864 ^ 

9. 104. A bill to extend the provlslonx of an act entitled "An act in relation to 
the receipt of counterfeit Trensury notes by t'Uhlic officcra," approved May 1, 
JSft.% and the provisions of the fiftli section of the act approved Februory IT, 
1864, entitled "An act to amend the act for the assessment and collection of 
taxea, approved May first. eiKhteeii hundred and sisty-three: " and 

S. 110. A bill to amend the twelfth section of the act entitled ".An act to reduce 
the currency and to authorize o new issue of notes and bonds." approved Feb- 
ruary 17, 1864 ; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 



The Chair laid l)efore the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of this House of the 
21st instant relative to requisitions for pay of the Army, etc.; which 
was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. Ill) " to authorize the Pre.sident to appoint 
commissioners for the exchange of prisoners; " which was read a first 
and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 110) "to amend the twelfth section of the 
act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new 
issue of notes and bonds,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-four;'" which was read a first and second time 
and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S, 104) "to extend the provisions of ar act 
entitled 'An act in relation to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes 
by public officers,' approved May first, eighteen hundred and' sixty- 
three, and the provisions of the fifth section of the act approved 
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled 'An 
act to amend the act ^r the assessment and collection of taxes, 
approved May first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three; '" which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means. 



Not. 25. 1864.1 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 303 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 9!') "to continue in force an act entitled 'An 
act providing for the establishment and payment of claims for a cer- 
tain description of property taken or informally impressed for the 
use of the Army,' approved June fourteenth, eighteen liundred and 
sixty-four; " which was read a first and second time and referred to 
the Committee on the 'Judiciary. 

Mr. Fuller moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to 
change his vote on the motion to reject tlie joint resolution " in favor 
of liberty," introduced this morning by his colleague, Mr. J. T. Leacli. 

The motion prevailed, and Mr. Fuller voted in the affirmative. 

On motion of Mr. J, M. Leach and Mr. Ramsay, the rules were sus- 
pended to enable them to change their votes on the same proposition. 

They voted in the affirmative. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret 
session ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Holliday, 

The House adiourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow, 

SECRET SE8SI0N- 

The House being in secret session, 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. ftpeakrr: The Sennte liave passed a bill (S. 102) to nutliorize tlie exporta- 
tion of [iroduce aad niercliuiidlse bougbt from the OovernDieiit ; In wblch I am 
directed to nak the concurreace of this House. 



The Chair laid before the House Senate bill (S. 102) "to author- 
ize the exportation of produce and merchandise bought from the 
Government; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Commerce. 

The House resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the 
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited 
period. 

Mr. McMullin called the question ; which was not ordered. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr, Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Sennte have pulsed n tillt (8. 105) to authorlee the espor- 
tatloD of cotton b; the ^evernl StiiteN in pnynient for Aniiy niid other supplies 
and cotton and wool cards: In which 1 am directed to ask the concurrence of 
this House. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 105) " to author- 
ize the exportation of cotton by the several States in payment for 
Army and other supplies and cotton and wool cards; which was 
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Com- 
merce. 

Mr, Kenner moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill (S. 102) 
" to authorize the exportation of produce and merchandise bought 
from the Government " was referred to the Committee on Commerce. 

The motion prevailed, and the bill was referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

On motion of Mr. Holliday, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 



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304 JOURNAL OF THE [Kot- 26. 18M. 

SIXTEENTH DAY— SATURDAY, November 26, 18M. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Hoge. , 

On motion of Mr. De Jamette, leave of absence was granted his 
colleague, Mr. Goode (called home by sicknes,s in his famUy). 

On motion of Mr. (>rr, leave of absence was granted for to-day to 
the Committee on Naval Affairs (absent on business connected with 
the duties of said committee), 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, under a suspen- 
sion of the rules, reported 

A bill "to amend an act to provide revenue from commodities 
imported from foreign countries, approved May twenty-first, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-onej " 

v'hich was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special 
order for Tuesday next, immediately after the special order previ- 
ously made for that day is disposed of, and ordered to be printeu. 

Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to exempt from taxation the capital of bonds and certi- 
ficates issued by the Confederate States; " 

which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special 
order immediately after the second special order is disposed of, and 
ordered to be printed. 

Also, a bill " to exempt from taxation loans made on hypotheca- 
tion of nontaxable bonds; " which was read a first and second time, 
postponed, made the special order immediately after the preceding 
special order is disposed of, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Smith of Jsorth Carolina, under a suspension of the rules, 
offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Rcgolved, That tbe Coiiiinlttec on Claims be autliorized to eiuiilny a ('lt.>rk. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Sir. Speaker: The Senate hare passed a bill (S. 117) to authorize the coiu- 
uiandera of the roHorves Id each State to order Kfiienil courtii-iimrtini and to 
revise the procee^llriKn of conrts-mnrtlal and iiillltnry courts; lu which tbey 
rcqueet the con<'nrri':ife o( this House. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Connnittee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

S. 90. A bill to amend the third section of an act entitled "An act 
to organize forces to serve during the war,"' approved February 17, 
18fi4; and 

S. 91, A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to exchange 
coupon bonds for 7.30 Treasury notes. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of 
Thursday ; which was the bill " to define and punish conspiracy 
against tlie Confederate States." 

The question being on ordering tiie main question. 

It was decided in the aflinnative. 

The amendment of Mr. Clark was agreed to. 

The bill was engrossed, i-ead a third time, and ])assed, and the title 
as read was agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had 
been referred 



XoT. -M. 1864.1 MOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 306 

A bill "coiicemiiip the emohinit'iits and pay of the clerk of the 
district court of the Confederate States of America for the eastern 
district of Virginia," 

reported back tlic same with tlio recommendation that it do pass with 
certain amendments. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Russell moved to amend the bill by filling up the first blank 
with the words " fifteen hundred." 

Mr. McMulIin moved to recommit the bill to the committee, with 
instructions to report a general bill increasing the compensation of 
the various officers of the district courts of the Confederate States- 
Mr. Foote moveti the previous question ; which was not ordered. 

Mr. Hilton called the question ; which was ordered. 

The motion to recommit was lost. 

Mr. Blandford called the question; which was ordered. 

The amendment of Mr. Russell was agreed to. 

Mr. Kcnner submitted the following amendment: 

lo tti<> first section, strike out tbe n-orilH " otherwise ordered 1>7 luw " and 
Insert 111 lien thereof the words " the nitlflcatlon of a treaty of peace between 
tbe United States and the Confederate States of America ; " 

which was not agre^ to, 

Mr. McMullin submitted the following amendment: 

Add at the end of the seeuiid tteotlon the following, viz: "I'twideil. That the 

compensation of said assistant or deputy clerk shnll not exceed tbe sum of three 

thousand dollars per annum." 

Mr. Machen submitted the following e d e t t tl lend- 

ment of Mr. McMullin : 

strike out the whole of the sawe nud iiist.t In eu hereof he fo ow ng. viz : 
"Pmridetl. Thiit in no event Mhiill the <.'OintienH be k le er hIk 

tbonsnnd dollars, nor shall the deputy receive ove three Uousand do ars " 

Pending which. 

The morning hour having expired, 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into seci-et 
session ; and having spent some time therein, i-esolved itself into ojien 



The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 117) '* to author- 
ize the commanders of the reserves in each State to order general 
courts-martial and to revise the proceedings of conrts-marttal and 
military courts; " which was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

On motion of Mr. Montagiie, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock Monday. 



The House being in secret s 
Resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited period." 
Pending which, 
On motion of Mr. Montague, 
The House rwsolved itself into open session. 

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806 JOUENAL OF THE [Nov. 2B, 1884. 

SEVENTEENTH DAY— MONDAY, November 28, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjuuriinient, and was opened with 
prayer by Eev. Dr. Burrows. 

Mr. Logan introduced 

A bin "to facilitate the collection of claims due deceased officers 
and soldiers; " 
which wa» read a first and second time and laid upon the table. 

On motion of Mr. Ramsav, leave of absence was granted his col- 
league, Mr. J. T, Leach (cafted home by sickness in nis family). 

Mr. Witherspoon otTered the following resolution; which was 
adopted : 

Reitolvcit. That it Ite i*ferr«l to the Coiumlttee oa Mllltiiry AfTalrs to liiijuirc 
Into the propriety of peniHttliie mldlers lu uptlve service who have attained 
the iige of fortj-five yeiirs to be transferred to the reserre forces of tbeir 
ree|>e(-tlve Stntex ;■ tliat they report by bill or otberwittc. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved. That the Committee un Mllltnry AffiilrB )« instnicted to inquire 
into the exi>e(llency of granting by iinv free tmiDtportiitlon home and bacli to all 
offieeni. uuiirommlHSloncd officers, and privates of the Army when truvellug on 
iurloughH of indulgence. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " for the appointment of a judge-ad vocate-general for the 
armies of the Confederate States, and for the more sp«dy disposition 
of causes arising before military courts and courts-martial; ' 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military AiTairs. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resohition; which was adopted: 

RcKolred, That the t'ouimittee on Wh.vh and MeiinD lie Inntructed to Inquire 
into the exi)edlencj' of so framing a tai law tiB to exempt from taxation all 
persona whose property does not exceed one thousiiud dollars; of exempting 
from taxation all ]>ersons In the military and nnvnl service whose i)roperty 
does not exceed two thousand dollars, and of Imposing u|x>n the property of all 
[tersons In the military and naval servioe, when such proi>erty does not exceed 
• four thousand dollars, a rate of taxation fifty per cent less than that imposed 
iilion similar proiH-rty of the same amount owned by |>er8ons not in said service. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide for local defense 
and special service,' approved August twenty-first, eighteen huntlred 
and sixty-one, and an act entitled 'An act to authorize the formation 
of volunteer companies for local defense,' approved October thir- 
teenth, eighteen bundled and sixty-two; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to Inquire into 
the expediency of giving by law rations to naval storelteepera. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to consolidate and amend the laWs illative to impress- 
ments; " 
which was read a first and second time. 



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Not. 28, 1864.1 HOUSE OP EEPHESENTATIVES. 307 

Mr. Miles moved that the bill be referred to a select committee of 
one from each State and printed, 

Mr. E. M. Bruce moved to amend the motion of Mr. Miles by strik- 
ing out *' a select committee of one from each State " and inserting in 
lieu thereof the words " the Committee on Ways and Means." 

The amendment was lost, and the motion of Mr. Miles prevailed. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " more etfectually to prevent and punish absenteeism and 
.desertion in the Army ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Miles introduced 

A bill " to increase the mmiber of ordnance sergeants in the Pro- 
nsional Army; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Ayer offered the following resolutiou; which was adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That It be referred to the Coiiiinittee on Clnluis to Inquire and 
report by bill or otberwiae on tlie e.ipeilieiicy nnd necessity of remodeling, 
reorgHiiizing, and establishing by Ihw the Arniy Intelligence Office, with a view 
to promote Miid enlarge Its elflcicnc-y and uaefulneHn, 

Mr. Ayer introduced 

A joint resolution " to cancel and return the meat bonds given for 
exemption of overseers for whose exemption five hundred dollars 
had previously been paid to the Government; " 

which was read a first and second time and refer^^d to the Committee 
on Claims, 

Mr, Boyce offered the following resolution; which lies over two 
days under the rule: 

Regolved, Tbnt clurlng the remainder of the present session no member shall 
speak more than once nor longer than twenty minutes on any question that 
may arise in the progress of the proceedings of this House. 

Mr. Simpson presented the memorial of sundry citizens of Abbe- 
ville district, S, C., asking relief from the system of impressments; 
which was referred to the Select Committee on Impressments- 
Mr. Farrow presented a communication from Dr, John H. Davis, 
on the subject of "exemptions from military service;" which was 
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Colyar offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
Besolvcil, Tbnt the Coniuilttee on Quartermaster's and [Commlseary Depart- 
ments and Mliltaryl Trnnsportutlon inquire Into and reiiort all the facts In 
connection with that iwrtlon of the late message of the governor of Georgia 
which says: 

"The Confederate Government owes tile road (Western and Atlantic Rail- 
road), as will l>e seen by the sui>erlntendent'3 report, the sum of ?975,774.eO. 
1 have made every effort in my power to collect this, bnt have not been suc- 
<-cs8ful, I trust the Government will not much lotiger delay payment, which has 
t>een wltheld from time to time under various pretexts." 

And that the committee specially refwrt the pretexts and the remedy. If the 
Government is In default. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary ; which is as follows, viz : 

.Mr. speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (8. 98) to amend an act to 
iftahllNh tlie Judicial courts of the Confederate States of America, approved 
March 16, 1861 ; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence ot this House. 



308 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 20, 18M. 

Mr, Foote offt'rcd the following re^liition: 

Resolved, That the Governin<>nt and people of the C«nre<lerate States have as 
i1ee|i an Interest In the Brni and Inflexible iu)iliitennn<« of what Is known as the 
Monroe doctrine us the Government and iieojile of the ['lilted Staten can possi- 
bly have; that their right to assert and maintain that diK-trlne if the; choose to 
do so Ib unguestlonable ; hut that whilst In consideration of the early recogni- 
tion of their Independence on the luirt of the Government of the United States 
and ample justice beiiiK done them in other res|iecrs they would doubtless 
recotniize It as their true policy to unite In NUiiport of said doctrine, yet It is 
equally true that If recognition hy the United States shall be much looger 
delayt^ it might tiecome the true |)uiicy of said Government and people of the* 
Confederate States to <i)iiseiit to the yielding up of the great principle embodied 
Id the Monroe doctrine In consideration of other essential advantages conuected 
with their imii welfare and safety being effectually guaranteed to them. 

Pending which, 

The morning hour expii^d. 

The Chair kid befoi^ the House a bill of the Senate (S. 08) " to 
amend an act to establish th« judicial courts of the Confeclei-ate 
States of America, approved March sixteenth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-one; " which was read a first and second time and referred to 
the Committee on the Judiciary. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House K^solved itself into, secret ses- 
sion; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Holliday, 
The House adjourned. 

SECBET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed consideration of the unfinished busine.ss; which was the 
bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain 
cases for a limited period," 

Pending which. 

On motion of Mr. Holliday, 

The House resolved itself into open ses.sion. 

EIGHTEENTH DAY— TUESDAY, November 29, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met tnirsiiant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of 
Saturday; which was the bill "concerning the emoluments and pay 
of the clerk of the district court of the C/onfedcrate States of Amerirai 
for the eastern district of Virginia." 

Mr. Fo«t« demanded the jirevious question ; which was ordered- 

The question being on the amendment of Mr. Machen, which by 
consent was acceptea by Mr, McMullin, 

It was decided in the negative. 

The amendment of the committee, which was read as follows, viz; 

Strike out the words In the second se<'tloii " relates to or affects the clerk of 
the district court aforesaid " and Insert ttiere the words " Is In conflict with this 

was agreed to. 
The bill was engrossed and read a third time. nz^db-CjOOQlc 



Not. 29, 1864.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 809 

Mr. McMuUin moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was 
ordered to its engrossment. 

Mr. Foote moved to laV the inotiwn to reconsider on the table; 
which latter motion prevailed. 

Mr, Russell called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being put, 

Shall the bill pass? 

Mr. Menees demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] w „ gi 

Yeas: Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Blandford, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Chambers, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, Conrow, De Jarnette, Dupre, 
Elliott, Foote, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hartridge, Hil- 
ton, Holliday, Keeble, Lyon, Marshall, Miles, Montague, Norton, 
Perkins, Read, RusselJ, Snead, Staples, Swan, Vest, VUlere, Wick- 
ham, and ^Yilkes. 

Nays: Atkins, Batson, Baylor, Bell, Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers, 
Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, Dickinson, Ewmg, 
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Hanly, Hatcher, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. 
Leach, Lo^n, McMullin, Menees, Murray, Orr, J. M. Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Welsh, 
and Witherspoon. 

So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Blandford moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill* was 
passed, and to lay the motion to reconsider on the table; which latter 
motionprevailed. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported 

A bill " to increase the salary of the judge of the district court for 
the eastern district of Virginia for a limited time; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

Mr. McMullin moved to recommit the bill with instructions to 
report a ^neral bill increasing the coinpensation of all the judges of 
the district courts of the Contederate States. 

Mr. Bridgers called the question ; which was ordered. 

The motion to recommit was lost. 

The question recurring on postponing the bill. 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Russell called the question; which was ordered. 

The bill was engrossed and read a third time. 

Mr. Blandford called the question; which was ordered. 

The bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had 
been referred 

A bill " to punish certain frauds on the Confederate Government, 
including larceny and embezzlement of property of the Government," 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Mr. Atkins, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution ; which was adopted : 

Renoived. That the Sjieaker be rcqiK-stwl to Invite Geiipnil Jonepb E. Johnston 
to a privileged seat ntmn tbc fliior of IUIm House tliirlug his atay lu the e\Ks- 



810 JOURNAL OF THE (Nov. 29, 18«. 

The Chair laid before the nou«> a coniiminication from the Presi- 
dent; which was n>ud as follows, viz: 

IticiiuuND, Va., Xovember 28, 1864. 
To the Houge of Representative*: 

la response tn your resnUitloii of tbe Iflth Instaut. I Iierewltb traiutmlt a 
communtcatloD frotu the SecTetnry of War relative to the recent InipreHsment 
of slaves by his order In tbe ijlate of Virginia. 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

On motion of Mr. Baldwin, the communication and accompanying 
documents were referred to the Select Committee on Impressments 
and ordered to i)e printed. 

The Chair laid before the House another communication from the 
President; which was read as follows, viz: 

RICHUOND. Va., Hovtmber ZU. 1864. 
To the Senate and House of Represenlatlrrx: 

I herewith tranaiult fur your ronslilerntlon n ooumiiinlen'^loti from tlie Sei'ro- 
tary of tbe Treasury, roverhig eHtliunten for additional a|ipro|)rlntlonK rei|u<r«d 
by the Navy Etepartmeut 

JEFFERSON DAVIS. 

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to 
the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. 

Under a suspension of the rules, 

Mr. Chilton, from the Committee on the Judiciarj-, to whom had 
been referred 

A bill " to establish the Supreme Court of the Confederate States,'" 
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do lie upon 
the table; which was agreed tn. 

Mr. Chilton, from the same committee, reported 

A bill " to organize the Supreme Court; 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on postponing the bill, 

It was decided in the negative. 

On motion of Mr. Chilton, the bill was made the special order 
immediately after the preceding special orders are disposed of, and 
from day to day, and ordered to be printed. 

Mr. Rus.sell moved that the House resolve itself into secret session. 

Mr. Orr demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 

^Vhich were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j w„„c ^u. 

Yeas: Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Branch. 
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chamber^, Chilton, 
Clark, Cluskey, Colj'ar, Conrow, Dardcn, De Jamette, Dickinson, 
Dupre, Ewing, Foote, Gholsoii, Hartrijlge, Hatcher, Herbert, Holli- 
day, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, 
Montague, Norton, Perkins, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Triplett, 
Vest, Welsh, Wilkes, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Akin, .Vyer. Baldwin, Bell, Boyce, Clopton, Cruikshank. 
Farrow, Foster, I^uller. Gaither, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Hilton, 
Holder, Lamkin, I>ester. Logan, Marshall, Miles, Murray, Orr, Ram- 
s^, Simpson, .1. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith 
of North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Villere, Wickham, and Wither- 
spoon. 



Not. 30. IBM.] HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATITES. 311 

So the House resolved itself into secret session ; and having spent 
some time therein, resolved itself into open session. 
On motion of Mr. Colyar, 
The House adjourned. 



The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, viz : 
The bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cases for a limited period. 
Pending which. 
On motion of Mr. Colyar, 
The House resolved itself into open session. 

NINETEENTH DAY— WEDNESDAY, November 30, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. 

On motion of Mr. Montague, the absence of his colleague, Mr. 
Whitfield, until the present time, was excused, his colleague having 
been detained from his seat bv sickness in his family and the diflT 
culty of reaching the capital, his home being within the lines of the 
enemy. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the select committee to 
memorialize the legislatures and governors of the several States on 
the subject of lessening the number of exempts as follows, viz: 

1. Mr. Rives of Virginia. 

2. Mr. Lyon of Alabama. 

3. Mr. J. M. Smith of Georgia. 

4. Mr. Marshall of Kentucky. 

5. Mr. Boyce of South Carolina. 

6. Mr. Kenner of Louisiana. 

7. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina. 

8. Mr. Clark of Mis.souri. 

9. Mr. Batson of Arkansas. 

10. Mr. Keeble of Tennessee. 

11. Mr. Sexton of Texas. 

12. Mr. Hilton of Florida. 

13. Mr. Orr of Mississippi. 

Also, the select committee to take into consideration the claims of 
the several States against the Confederate (iovernnient as follows, 
viz; 

Mr. Smith of North Carolina, Mr. Perkins of Louisiana, Mr. Clop- 
ton of Alabama, Mr. Johnston of Virginia, Mr. Barksdale of Mis- 
sissippi, Mr. Vest of Missouri, Mr. Farrow of South Carolina, Mr. 
Akin of Georgia, Mr. Hanly of Arkansas, Mr. Dardon of Texas, 
Mr. Burnett of Kentucky, Mr. Rogers of Florida, and Mr. McCal- 
lum of Tennessee. 

Also, the select committee to investigate the condition of the 
Stewart Hospital: 



812 JOURNAL OF THE tNov. 30. 1884. 

Mr. Welsh of Mississippi, Mr. Farrow of South Carolina, Mr. 
Blandford of Georgia, Mr. Turner of North Carolina, and Mr, Her- 
bert of Texas. 

The Chair also appointed Mr. Morgan of Texas a member of the 
Committee on the Judiciary; Mr, Baylor of Texas, member of the 
Committee on Indian Affairs, and Mr. Norton of Missouri, member 
of the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Farrow, imder a suspension of the rulew. offered the following 
resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That tUe resolutlou at tbis House asking for tbe ages of the clerks 
employed In the various Governmeut offices was not intended to npplj to the 
lady clerks. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished busines.s; 
which was the resoluti<tn on the subject of the " Monroe doctrine." 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Foreign Affairs. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution: 

Resolved, That ConRreBB havf no autbority to interfere lii tbe emancipation of 
siaves or lu the treatment of tbeiii In any of the fitates, It reinulnlQg with the 
>M>veral States alone to provide rales iind regulations therein, which humnnity 
tuid true policy may re<iulre. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the lesohititm was referred Ut the Commit- 
tee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution: 

Re»otve<l, That thp provost and passport system as now existing In the Con- 
federate States is a great and growing evil ; that It Is a Bour<-e of almoitt hound- 
less oppression and annoyance to our citizens ; that as admiulatered for some 
months imst It Is wholly lncoin|)atlhle with public liberty, and that no time - 
Bbould t)e lost In removing tbia iiuiaaiU'e rroui among us: Wherefore, the Com- 
mittee on Military Affairs Is instructed to Inquire diligently into tbe operation 
of till!* systeni, and to reiiort to this House as eiirly as practicable what legisla- 
tion is necessary for the correction of a grievance so overgrown and Intolerable. 

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Foote offered the following resolutions: 

Regolred. That however justifiable it might be In n case of " Intolerable 
oppresKlon " for any one or more of tlieae States to wltlidrnw from the existing 
Confederatlve Union, yet there is nothing in the present condition of public 
alTairs tu Justify such extreme action, and that it would be alike unwise aod 
iiniiatrlutic for any one of siild States, or any number of them le8.s tlian the 
whole, to make n seimrate i)ea<e with the common enemy, or to engage in move- 
ments looking to Bucb a result; but that It Is unquestionably allowable for said 
States, in their highest sovereign capacity, to confer together, in general con- 
vention or otherwise, in a manner not repugnant to the organic compact, for tbe 
purfKise of Imparting to their common agent, the Confederate Government, such 
additional )>owers as may be needed for tbe efficient prosecution of the pending 
war for lndepen<lencc, or with a view to amplifying, so far as may be judged 
needful, the existing treaty-making powers of said Government In order to 
secure as early a cessation of hostilities and restoration of jfcace as would be 
compatible witb the honor, tbe safety, And the permanent happiness of the 
people of said Confeilerate States, 

Retolvcd, That the present cniidltion of tbe country is such as to render It 
eminently desirable that, for the purposes specified, a convention of these States, 
In their highest sovereign capacity, should be convoked wltboat delay, and that 
if such convocation should be judged for the present Impracticable, It would be 
desirable that each of said States should, "with as little delay as possible," 
appoint & lindted number of commissioners with power to confer freely atid 
fraternally with each other touching the present condition of the country, and 
of offering sucta advisory suggestions to said Confederate Government as might 



D«c. 1, 1864.1 HOUSE OF BEPEE8ENTATIVE8. 818 

be calculated to prove advantageous In the further prosecution of the existing 
war, or (.■onduclve to the estrtbllBhuient of tin eiirly anil honorable peace. 

Retotvett. That the resolution!" be referred to a coiunilttee ot the House, to 
be compoBed of one nieniher from each State, and that said committee be 
Instructed to report thereupon ot their earliest convenleQce. 

Mr. Clark moved to amend the resolutions by instructing the com- 
mittee to report resolutions stating that the idea of separate State 
action is mischievous and worse than useless, and declaring that we 
can make no proposition for peace while the enemy continues to 
invade our soil. 

Mr. Foote rose to a point of order, viz : 

That the amendment was not germane to the resolution. 

Pending which, 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Chilton, 
The House adjourned, 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Clark, by unanimous eonsent, introduced 

A bill " to provide for the establishment of a bureau of special and 
secret service ; " 

which was read a first and second time, referi'ed to the Committee on 
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed. 

The House resumed the consideration of the bill " to suspend the 
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited 
period. 

Mr. Machen, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following 
resolution : 

Rfsolcerf. That discussion of the subject of the susiiension of the writ of 
hnbens corpuR dball close on i^atnrdny next at two o'clock, and the House will 
then proceed to vote ui>on the dill and auienilnientK. 

Mr. Read moverl to amend the resolution by adding the following, 



Mr. Kenner called the question ; which was ordered. 
The amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Kenner called the question; wliich wa-s ordered, and the resolu- 
tion, an amended was adopted. 
On motion of Mr. Clark, 
The House resolved itself into open ses.sion. 

TWENTIETH DAY— THURSDAY, December 1, 1864. 



The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was open<»d with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows, 

The Chair announced the appointinent of — 

Mr. Ewing of Kentucky to the Committees on Claims and Tem- 
tories and Riblic Lands. ' ' '^ W^ 



314 JOUENAL OP THE IDec. 1. lfl«4. 

Mr. Elliott of Kentucky to the Ciniiiiiitte*!s on Indian Affairs and 
Post-Offices and Post-Roads. 

Mr. Ayer of South Carolina to the Committees on Commerce and 
Ordnance and Ordiiam* Stores, 

Mr. Herbert of Texas to the Committee on Commerce. 

Mr. Darden of Texas to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Mr. Norton of Missouri to the Committee on Territories and Public 
Lands. 

Mr. Conrow and Mr. Holder as the two additional members of ths 
Committee on Public Buildings. 

The Chair also announced tne appointment of the Select Committee 
on Impres-snients as follows, viz: 

Mr.- Baldwin of Virginia, Mr. Chambers of Mississippi, Mr. Chil- 
ton of Alabama, Mr. Hartridge of Georgia, Mr. Manly of Arkansas, 
Mr. Gaither of North Carolina, Mr. Simpson of South Carolina, Mr. 
Viller^ of Louisiana, Mr. Morgan of Texas, Mr. Colyar of Tennessee, 
Mr. liead of Kentucky, Mr. Rogers of Florida, and Mr. Snead of 



The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business; 
which was the bill "to punish certain frauds on the Confederate 
States, including larceny and embezzlement of the property of the 
Govecnment." 

Mr. Russell submitted the following amendment : 

In section 1, lli)^ 0. lifter tbe word " depositluu," Insert the wonbi " mai^ 

which was agreed to. 

The bill was ('ngr«s.sed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and a.^cSi<l to. 

Mr, Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported 

A bill " to fix the salaries of district judges for a limited time ; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

The question being on po.stponing the bill and placing it on the 
Calendar, 

It was decided in the negative. 

Tlie bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title 
was read and agreed to, 

Mr. Russell, from the same committee, reported 

A bill '* to provide for se(]ut'strating the property of persons liable 
to military service who have departed or shall depart from the Con- 
federate States without permission; " 
which was read a first and second time. 

On motion of Mr. Rus.sell, the bill was postponed until Saturday 
next, made the special order for the morning hour, and ordered to be 
printed. 

Mr. Perkins, from the Committee on Rules, submitted the following 
amendments to the rules of the House: 

1. Add to tlie end of Rule the words " nnrertnlDed by actual dlT-lston." 

2. Amend Rule 1 1 by adding tlie word " |)ernoii " before the word " character." 

3. Amend Rule 12 by ninklug It rend iis follows, viz: 

"All ineintiers not nddresnliig tlie C'liiilr Klinll be seated and uncovered during 
tbe sessions of the Ilonse. imd slinll l>e Bilent and rPfmln from all lutetruptlou 
of the business of the House during the rail of the roll or while the Journal or 
public pa|)ers are belnx rend or n member Is s])e>iklng In debate." 

4. Amend Rnle 13: Add after the word " House," in the eleventh Hue. the 
words " which shall only be gmnt«l by a vote of two-tblrda of those present" 



Dec. I. 18M.] HOTTgE OP REPRESENTATIVES. 315 

n. Amend Rule I'J liy iiililliiK ;it tlio cml tlicrpof tlic wonis "no memlmr in 
■^iiderlug un ex<-uiie or Id debating the i|ueHt)on of excumiiK nnotbei' member 
Kliiill \te allowed to H|ieak more than unce nor longer than five minutes." 

«. Amend Rule 2(1 by adding ut the end tbereof tite following words, viz: "Tbe 
House may niso InijKtse upon auch diiliniiuent member ft fine, not exceeding In 
any ease the sura of flfty dollnra. whieb can not be remitted except hv a two- 
thlrdx vote." 

7. Amend Rale 23 by adding nfter the word "except." In second line, tbe 
words " by n HuspenHion of the rulea or." 

8. Insert an Rule 2t! the following : 

'•No hill or Joint resolution i'e<iulrlng throe readings shall receive its third 
reading on the same day on which It la rend a second time, nor until It shall 
have been placed on the Calemlnr and ordered to be printed." 

9. Add after Rule ;fll the words : " except that two speeches of not more than 
flre minutes In length njay iw made for and two against Its adoption. But no 
member shall call tbe question or move tbe previous question at the conclusion 
of bla remarks." 

JO. Add after Rule 31 : " But the previous (juestlon nliall not l>e called on any 
bill until It shall have been voted on section by section." 

11. Amend Rule 36 by Inserting after tbe word ■•(■lalms," in the list of com- 
mittees, tbe following i 

'■ Quartermasters and Connnlssary Departments and Military Transportation. 

" Medical Deimrtment, 

■■ Executive Departnients. 

** Ordnance and Oiiltnince Stores. 

" Prisons, Priwiners, and the Exchange of Prisoners." 

12. Amend Rule 37 by striking out the woi-iIh "nnr employ' a clerk at the 
|)abUc cx|)ense." 

la Add as an Independent rule the following: 

•' No connnlttee shall be allowed a clerk at tlie public; expense except by leave 
of tbe nouse first obtalue<l, after ottc day's notliv, and after the chairman of 
such committee shall have filed wltb the Clerk of tlie Ilouse his certificate that 
tbe services of such clerk are required and have i>e<-n called for by the coui' 
mlttee. and the lengtb of tinie for which such services will (irobably be Toi|ulred. 
Tbe clerks so allowed to committees shall l)e apiminted by tbe Speaker on tbe 
recommendation of tbe cbalnnan, and be subjec't to removal either by the 
Speaker or by tbe committee to which be Is assigned. When not employed by 
tbe committees such clerkik shall be subject to the ordera of the Clerk of the 
House for duty in bis office." 

14. Amend Rule 39 as follows : 

Insert after the word " which,'' at the end of the second line, parngrapb 1, tbe 
words " tlie Sjieaker or." Insert after the words " Joint reaoluflons," In fourth 
line, paragraph 1. the words " or Ilouse resolution calling for information from 
tlie I^esldent or any of the Kxecutlve I>epartmentK." 

In iiaragraph 2, strike out all after tlie word " rules." in third line, and Insert 
" on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after tl»e first six dayn of tlie session, 
the call of committees for rei)orts shall precede tbe call of tbe States." 

In parngrapb 3, strike out the whole thereof and Insert : 

"At leant one hour each day shall be set apart for the call of States and com- 
mittees, at tbe expiration of whici) the calendar or general orders of the day 
shall be taken up, and every bill, resolution, or measure shall be disposed of 
In the order in which It then stands. But tbis rule shall not be construed to 
deprive questions of privilege, nor privilegwl (luestlons, nor si>eclnl orders made 
under a suspension of the rule, of the preceilence to which they are entitled, 
except that no special order shall be considered In the moniiiig hour unless by 
tbe express order of the House. In calling tbe States and committees, and in 
considering the regular onler of business each day, the unfinished business in 
each class shall first be considered In that particular class." 

15. Strike out Rule 40, Add as an 1nde|>eiii1ent rule the following i 
"Upon tbe introduction of any memorial, resolution, or bill, and before tbe 

same shall have been referred to a committee, no delinte. except by unanimous 
consent, shall be allowed on any question arising thereon; Prorldfil. That the 
member Introducing said memorial, resolution, or bill shall be allowed five 
.minutes to explain tlie same, and any other member who shall first obtain tbe 
floor for the purpose shall be allowed five minutes In reply: Anil proKi'lnl 
further. That If the House shall refuse to refer or shall suspend the rule 
requiring a reference general debate may be allowed." 



816 JOUBKAL OF THE (Dec. 1, 18«4. 

16. AmeDd Rule 41 : Strike out the words "Bome other meaaure," at the end 
thereof, nnil inniTt the woniH " the uieusurett next 111 order." Tliere ahnll be nii 
aetuul divlHloii of the IIouHe upou all niotUiiiH tu Hutipend the rulea. 

17. Amend Rule 43 by iiddlng after the word "once." In tbe last line, the 
words " no Iou);er than ten mlnuten." 

18. Amend Rule 44 by adding at the end thereof " On the motion to print no 
debate ehiill be allowed, exc-ept that the ireraon making aald motion shall l>e 
allowed Ave minutes to explain It, and any other member wlio shall first obtain 
the floor for that purpose xhall be allowed five uioutea In reply." 

lU. Strike out Rule 4C and Insert rule us subsetiuently adopted. Correct tlie 
numbering of the rules. 

The rule having been suspended requiring the amendments to lie 
over for two days. 

The first, second, and third amendments were agreed to. 

The fourth amendment was lost. 

The fifth amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Akin moved to amend the sixth amendment by striking out 
the words " which can not be remitted except by a two-thirds vote." 

The motion was agreed to, and 

The sixth amendment as amended was agreed to. 

The seventh, eighth, and ninth amendments were agreed to. 

The morning hour having expired, 
" Mr. Akin moved that the Calendar be postponed. 

Tlie motion prevailed. 

Mr. McMuliin moved that the House, resolve itself into secret 



The motion was lost. 

Mr. Chambers moved to amend the tenth amendment by striking 
out the words " have been voted " and inserting in lieu tfiereof the 
words " have been read for amendments."' 

Mr. Foote called the question; which was ordered, and the amend- 
ment of Mr. Chambers was agreed to. 

The tenth amendment as amended was agreed to, 

Mr. Marshall moved to amend the eleventh amendment of the 
committee bv striking out the words " Prisons, Prisoners, and the 
Exchange of Prisoners." 

The amendment to the amendment was lost. 

The eleventh amendment was agreed to. 

On motion of Mr, Russell, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Kenner, 
The House adjourned. 



The House being in secret session, 

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had 
been referred a Senate hill (S. 102) " to authorize the exportation of 

Sroduce and merchandise bought from the Government," reported 
ick the same with the recommendation that it do pass. 
On motion of Mr. Lyon, the bill was postponed and made the 
special order after the pending business is concluded. 

A mes.sage was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; whiiSi is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (S. 95) to amend the act to 
orgnnlKe forces to serve during the war; In which I am directed to aak the 
conciirrence of this House. 



Dec. 2, 18«4.1 HOUSE OP BEPRG8ENTATIVEB. 317 

The Chair laid before the House Senate bill (S. 9S) " to amend the 
net to organize forces to serve during the war; " which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business; 
which was the bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas 
corpus in certain cases for a limited period." 

Pending which, 

On motion of Mr. Kenner, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-FIRST DAY—FRIDAY, I>ecembeh 2, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer W Rev. Dr. Burrows. 

The House resumed the con.sideratiou of the nnBnitshed business; 
which was the resolution of Mr. Foote on the subject of a convention 
of the States. 

The Chair decided that the point of order raised by Mr. Foote, viz, 
" that the amendment of Mr. Clark was not germane to the resolu- 
tion," was well taken. 

Mr. Blandford moved to lay the resolution on the table. 

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: | w„^„ ,» 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, 
Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 
W. Bruce, Chambers, ChUton, Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, 
Darden, De Jamette, Dickinson, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, 
Foster, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Her- 
bert, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, 
McCallum, Menees, Miller, Montague, Moore, Orr, Perkins, Read, 
Roeers, Russell, Sexton, W. E. Smith, Snead, Staples, Triplett, Vest, 
Villere, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Bell, Boyce, Colyar, Cruikshank, Foote, Fuller, Gilmer, 
Lamkin, J. M. Lieach, Lt^an, McMulIin, Ramsay, and Smith of 
North Carolina. 

So the motion to lay on the table prevailed. 

Mr. Foote introduced 

A bill " to regulate the pay and mileage of members and the com- 
pensation of officers of the Senate and House of Representatives ; " 
whicii was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Pay and Mileage. 

Mr. Colyar introduced 

A bill "to more effectually protect the Confederate States in the 
payment of claims ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments and Military 
Transportation, 

Mr. Colyar presented the memorial of E. A. Freeman relative to 
the pay ol clerks; which was referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means. 



3l0 JOUBNAX, OP TUE [Dec. -2, ]8«4. 

Mr. Atkins offered the following resolution; which was adopted: 
ReHolvcit, That It be referred to the S|>ecial Committee on Coaecriptiou to 
Inquire into tbe expediency of restrictlug the terra of i^rvlce of an enrolling 
officer in any coontj-, pnriHh. or diatriet to not longer than six inoutlis. and 
that tliey report liy bill or otherwise; and tliat the committee further Institute 
Ruch inveatigatlona res|iectlng the iniiuner In which those olllcers have dis- 
charged their duties, and that to this end the committee are aathortied to send 
for pefHona and paperx. 

Mr. Sexton introduced 

A bill " regulating the conij^nsation of postmasters, special agents, 
and route agents; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conunitt«tt 
on Post-Offlces and Post-Roads. 

Mr. Herbert offered the following ressolution; which was adopted: 

Whereaa a quantity of cotton has been purchased in the Trans-Misslssippl 
l>epiirtiiient by the authority of Generai E. Klrby Smith from the citl7.eD8 of 
Texas and other Statea. under the direction and fiu])ervlBlon of an institution 
known as the "Cotton Bureau" or "Ottlw," for whicli the said titizeus have 
never received any remuneration : Therefore. 

Be it resolved. Tliat the Committee on Claims l)e Instructed to Inquire into 
the transHctloufl of Hiild "bureau orotflce" and report by bill or otherwise for 
the relief of the said citizens. 

Mr, Herbert intro<hiced 

A bill "to authorize the agent of the Treasury in the Trans-Mis- 
sissippi Department to receive money on deposit, and to draft upon 
the Treasurer in Richmond for the same ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Also, a bill " to regulate prizes in the case of captures of vessels ; " 
which was read a first and second time ajid referred to the Committee 
on Naval Affairs. 

Mr. Branch introduced 

A bill " to provide for the settlement of certain matters of accoutit 

f rowing out of purchases of property, as alleged by the purchasers, 
or the use of the Government, by Payne and Company, in the State 
of Texas ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to tlie Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Staples offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved. That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire 
Into the expediency of re[Hirting a bill so amending the act " providing for the 
establishment and payment of chilniH tor priiperty tnlcen or informally Im- 
[■reesed," approved June fourteeiitii. eighteen hundred and aixty-four, as to 
extend the provisions of said act to claims for pro|ierty talten or Impressed sub- 
wtiuent to the passage of said act, and ijrlor to the first of January, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-five. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Rr&oleed. That the Committee on Military Affairs iniiuire into tiie exi>ediency 

of reporting a bill allowing trans|)ortatlon to all ofUcers and soldiers to whom 

furloughs shall be granted from the Army. 

Also, the following resolution; which was adopted: 

Rcnolted. That the Committee on Military Affairs be Instructed to Inquire 
and report whether any and what additional legislation Is necessary to protect 
from ari-est and conscription [wi-sona who have been discharged from the mili- 
tary service by medical esamiuing traards in consequence of |)ermaneut dis- 
ability. 



Dec. 2, IHIM.J HOUSE OF BEPBESENT ATIVES. 319 

The Chair appointed Mr. Herbert of Texas a member of the Com- 
mittee on Claims and Mr. Baylor of Texas a member of the Com- 
mittee on Patents. 

Mr. De Jarnette presented the memorial of the mayor and common 
council of the town of Fredericksburg, asking that the town be 
relieved from taxation; which was referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Mr. De Jarnette introduced 

A joint resolution "to relieve the town of Fredericksburg, Vir- 
ginia, from taxation; " 

which was read a first and. second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Johnston offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Rcsolred. Thnt tbe Committee on Ways aiid Means inijuire !uto tlie expediency 
of extending tbe period witliln which holders of the " old ItMiie of Trensury 
uotcB " are allowed to excliange tbe same for tbe " new Issue of Treasury notes," 
and consequently the propriety of postponing tbe Incidence of or of repealing 
the tax proposed by exlHtlng laws to be Imposed uixin tbe said old Issue on tbe 
first day of January, eighteen hundred and aixty-flTe. 

Also, the following resolution ; wh,ich was adopted : 
Betolved. That tbe t.'onimlttee on Commerce inquire Into the expediency of 
providing by law that ail mecbnnktt and other skilled laborers who shall come 
Into this Confederacy during the |)resent w-ar shall be exenipt, during Its eon- 
tlDnauce. or for a limited time, from all military service. 

Mr, Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Bewlved, That the Committee on Claims Inquire Into the ext)e<liency of 
authorizing the payment of the claim of Mary Weaver for damages sustained 
by her by reason of the burning of her house and property by order of the mili- 
tary authorities of the Confederate States. 

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted : 
Resolved, That the Committe» on Claims Inquire into the expediency of 
authorizing tbe payment of the claim of John Hughes for damage sustained by 
bliD by reason of tbe burning of hiM house and other projierty hy order of the 
military authorities of tbe Confederate States. 

Mr. Wickham presented certain papers in support of the claims of 
Mary Weaver and John Hughes; which were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Claims, 

Mr. Wickham presented the memorial of the James River Canal 
Packet Company, asking increased compensation for transporting the 
mail ; which was referred to the Committee on Post-Ofiices and Post- 
Roads. 

Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Reaoiwd, That tbe President be requested to Inform tills House whether at 
tbis time there are in tbe employment of the Confederate States slaves im- 
pressed exceeding one In five of the male slaves between tbe ages of eighteen and 
forty-five of one owner, and whether any slaves have been Impressed and are 
now In sen'tce, on a basis of calculation Including female slaves, between tbe 
ages of eighteen and forty-five, and If such Impressments have been made by 
what authority It has been done, and whether tbe credit directed to be 
allowed In the Impressment of slaves by the provisions of the act of February 
seventeenth, elgbteen hundred and sixty-four, has been allowed. 

Mr. Gholson introduced 

A bill " to regulate the business of conscription ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Special 
Committee on Conscription. 



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Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of James H. Cox and Augus- 
tus H. Drewry, praying increase of the rent of certain property; 
which was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Also, the memorial of Jolin T. Robertson, praying relief frona taxa- 
tion on certain property; which was referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. 

Mr. CrholsoQ offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Resolved, Tbat the Committee on the Jndlclarr make tbe following Inquiries 
and report : 

First. Inquire Into the expedlencj' of repealing the proviso to the fourteentli 
section of the amended act of itequest rations, Approved Febmary flfteentli, 
eighteen hundred and alxty-two. and ho much of the nlxth aectlon of the original 
act approved Auguat thirtieth, eighteen hundred and alxty-one, as provides for 
suspending the collei'tlon of debts due to alien enemies. 

Second. Inquire Into the exi>pdleney of repealing so much of the eleventh sec- 
tion of said amended act and the flfteentb section of the said original act as 
limit the compensation of receivers to Ave thousand dollars per annum. 

Third. Inquire Itito the cxpedlcncr of amending the sixth section of the same 
amended act defining the i>erBon8 who shall not be taken to be alien enemies 
under the sequestration acta. 

Mr. Holliday presented the petition of professors in the Naval 
School, asking iiicrea.ee of compensation; which was referred to the 
Committee on Naval Affairs. 

Also, the petition of Lieut. Col. W. Allan, chief ordnance, Virginia, 
H.sking to be relieved from responsibility for money stolen from him 
under certain conditions; which was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Mr. Holliday offered the following resolution ; which was adopted : 

Uenolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means inquire Into tbe expediency 
of amending the act " to provide for the compensation of noncomniiesioned 
ollicers. mldiers. sailors, and marines on detailed service," so as to embrace 
enipkiyees in the several Departments of the yovemment 

Mr. Baldwin pre.sented the memorial of Joseph A. Waddell, asking 
renewal of bonds destroyed by the enemy; which was referred to the 
Committee on Claims. 

Mr, McMuUin offered the following resolution : 

Resfilred. That a Joint committee of the two Houses be apiKiinted to Inquire 
into the exifedlency of memorializing the governors and legislatures of the dif- 
ferent States to fix a maximum upon all agricultural, manufacturing, and me- 
chanical urtlcies. and report the result of their action to this House. 

Mr. Baldwin demanded the yeas and nays thereon; 
Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 14 

And recorded as follows, viz: j -IT ' " ~ ~~ 68 

Yeas: Atkins, Batson, De Jarnette. Ewing, Keeble, Lester. Machen, 
McCallum, McMuUin, Montague, Staples, vest, Wel^, and Wilkes. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bel!, 
Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M, Bruce, Cham- 
bers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, Cluskev, CoTyar, Conrow, Cruikshank, 
Darden, Dickinson, Dupre, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster. Gaither, 
Garland. Gholson, (Jilmer, Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Herbert, Hil- 
t<m. Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, 
Ligan. Ijyon, Marshall, Mciiees, Miles, Mwnv, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, 
Read, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith 



Dec 2, 18«4.1 HOUSE OP BEPBESENTATIVEB. 321 

of Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Swan, Triplett, Tur- 
ner, Viller^, Whitfield, Wickham, and Witherspoon. 

So the resolution was not adopted. 

Mr. Montague presented a communication from Maj. J. B. Gary 
relative to the pay of officers on duty in Richmond; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Miller offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Wtaereae It Is known to maas members of tbts House that JuBt nnd well- 
foanded complalnta exist in our Army among both the officers and soldiers in the 
field and in hospitals tbat payment for their services Is long delayed. Irregular, 
and uncertain, aud that the Bui)ply of clothing, especially of blankets, la inade- 
quate for their wants ; Therefore, 

Be U resolved. That it is the imperative duty of this House to inquire Into 
tbe cause of these evils and remedy the same by further legislation, if neces- 
sary, or by such other actioa as may be elBcleat. 

That this subject-matter be referred to a special committee of five members 
to make thorough esamlnatlon thereof and to promptly report what action 
ought to be taken therein. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary, as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: Tbe Senate have passed, without amendment, a Joint resolution 
of tbis House (H. R. 10) of thanks to Gen. N. B. Forrest and the officers and 
men of his command. 

They have passcil bills of the following titles, viz : 

B. S4. A hill to regulate, for a limited period, tbe compensation of the officers, 
clerks, and employees of the cirii departments of the Government in the city 
of Riclmiond : and 

S. 85. A bill declaring four per cent bonds and certiJicates therefor receiv- 
nble in payment of taxes on Incomes and profits and salaries for the year 
1SG4; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

The I'resldent of the Confederate States has notified the Senate that he did, 
on the 28th ultimo, appnive nnd sign acts of the foiiowing titles, viz ; 

3.90. An net to nmend the third section of an act entitled "'An act to organ- 
ize foreea to serve during the war," approved February 17, 1864 ; and 

8. 91. An act to authorize tbe Secretary of the Treasury to exchange coupon 
bonds for 7.30 Treasury notes. 

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 85) "declaring 
four per cent bonds and certificates therefor receivable in payment of 
taxes on incomes and profits and salaries for the year eighteen hun- 
dred and sixty-four; which was read a first and second time and 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Also, a Senate bill (S. 84) " to regulate, for a limited period, the 
compensation of the officers, clerks, and employees of the civil depart- 
ments of the Government in the city of Hichmond ; " which was read 
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means. 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret 
session ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 
session. 

Mr. Foote moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet 
again at 7.30 o'clock to-night. 

Mr. Kenner moved that the House do now adjourn; which latter 
motion ^vailed, and 

The Chair announced that the House stood adjourned until 12 
o'clock to-morrow. 



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823 JOUENAL OF THE [Dec. 3. 18«4. 

BECBBT SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of the unSnished business, viz : 
The bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus ii 
certain cases for a limited period," 
Pending which, 
On motion of Biir. Kennerj 
The House resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-SECOND DAY— SATURDAY, December 3, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. 

'fhe Cnair laid before the House a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Treasury in relation to the loss of certain vouchers by the 
mail of April 5, 1862, from New Orleans; which was read and 
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Atkins entered a motion to re<x>nsider the vote by which the 
amendment to Rule 30, relating to the call of the question, was 
adopted. 

The House took up for consideration the special order of the day, 
viz: 

The bill (H. R. 242) " to provide for sequestrating the property of 
persons liable to military service who have departed, or shall depart, 
from the Confederate States without permission." 

On motion of Mr. Russell, the consideration of the bill was post- 
poned until Monday next, and made the special order for the morning 
hour, and from day to day until disposed of. 

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported 
as correctly enrolled 

H. R, 19. A joint resolution of thanks to Gen. N. B. Forrest and 
the officers and men of his command. 

And the Speaker signed the same. 

On motion of Mr. Foote, the House resolved itself into secret ses- 
sion ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open 



On motion of Mr. Swan, 
The House adjourned. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, viz : 

The bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cases for a limited period." 

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved to suspend the rule closing debate at 2 
o'clock to-day, in order to enable him to offer a resolution rescinding 
or postponing the said rule. 

The motion was lost, 

Mr. Foote moved to terminate the proceedings on the bill and 
amendments in open session. 



Dm. 3. 1864.] HOUSE OF EEPBESENTATIVES. 323 

Mr. Ramsay demanded the yeai^ and nays thereon; 
^\Tiich wore ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < v ca 

' ( rxays 50 

Yeas: Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Boyce, 
Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, 
Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, 
Herbert, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Marshall, 
McMullin, Miles, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, Smith of Alabama, 
Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Turner, Wickham, and Wither- 
spoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Batson, Blandford, Bradley, Bridgers, 
Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Clusfcey, Conrow, 
De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Sowing, Funsten, Gholson, Hart- 
ridge, Hatcher, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, 
Macben, McCallum, Menees, Miller, Montague, Moore, Norton, Per- 
kins, Read, Rive-s, Ro^rs, Russell, Sexton, J. M, Smith, W. E. 
Smith, Swan, Triplett, Vest, ViUere, Welsh, Whitfield, Wilkea, and 
Mr. Speaker. 

So Uie motion was lost. 

The amendment of Mr. Baldwin was lost. 

Mr. Orr moved to amend the bill by adding thereto the following: 
" nor to the first district of Mississippi." 

The amendment of Mr. Orr was lost. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Marshall, 

Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays; 

■Wliich were ordered, 

t Yeas 80 



And recorded as follows, viz : 



Nays. 



Yeas: Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Boyce, Clopton, Cruikshank, 
Farrow, Foote, Foster, Garland, GiUiicr, Hanly, Holder, Lamkin, 
J, M. Leach, Lester, Marshall, Menees, Miles, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, 
Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith of 
North Carolina, Wickham, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Barksdale, Batson, Baylor, Blandford, 
Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Cham- 
bers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, Colyar, Conrow, Darden, 
De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Fuller, 1 unsten, Gaither, Ghol- 
son, Hartridge, Hatcher, Herbert, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, 
Kenner, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Miller, Mon- 
tague, Moore, Norton, Perkins, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, 
Snead, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Vest, ViUere, Welsh, Whitfield, 
Wilkes, and Mr. Speaker. 

So the amendment of Mr. Marshall was lost. 

Mr, Russell submitted the following amendment: 

Insert aa an ladependent section the following : 

" Sec. 4. Every order of arrest or detention mentioned In this act shall be In 
writing, deBcrlblng tbe person to be arrested or detained, and stating the cauRe 
of arrest or detention, and shall be supported by affldRvit, showing, from the 
knowledge or from the Information and belief of the Btnant, that the case 1h one 
of those In which (as hereinbefore deciaml) It is the purpose of Congress that 
the writ of habeas corpua slinll be Huspeiidcd, with Buch particulars of time, 
place, and clrcumstanceH as, from the nature of tiie case, may he necessary to 
fairly exhibit the cause of arrest or detention. The party arrested or detained 
Rhall he furnished, on bis ri>qnest. «-ith niples of tbe order and affidavit, and 
like copies shall accompany the return made by the officer having charge of the 
party to the writ of habeas corpus," 



824 JOUBNAl, OF THE IDt«. B. 18M. 

Upon the question of agreeing to this amendment, 

Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

( Yeas 89 



Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Batson, 
Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. 
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, 
Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar, Conrow, Cruikshank, Darden, De Jamette, 
Dickinson, Duprd, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, 
Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hanly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Her- 
bert, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, 
J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, 
McMuUinj Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Murray, Norton, 
Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, J. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, 
Snead, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Vest, Villere, Welsh, Whitfield, Wick- 
ham, Wilkes, Witnerspoon, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays : None. 

So the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Russell submitted the following amendment: 

[uaert as an independent section tbe following: 

" Sec. 5. If any perflon shall be arrested or detained under a like written order 
of any general officer of tbe Army itimniaudlng a deiwrtnieiit or dlatrlct (other 
than the general otBcer commanding the Trans-MlsBiasippi Department), sup- 
IKtrted by like affldnvlt, In Huch cuce, npon a return showing those facts, under 
oath or affirmation and Bceompiuiled wUh ciiples of tbe order and affidavit, pro- 
ceedings under the writ of habeas eorpus shall he suspended until there shall be 
time for tbe officer making the order or tbe officer baring charge of the par^ to 
communicate with tbe President." 

The amendment was ngreetl to. 

Mr. J. M. Leach submitted the following amendment: 
Add to the end of tbe BFtb claufic tbe fo1lowlng:,"ProvIi/c(I, That so much of 
the (IFth clause in this net as relates 'to attempts to avoid military service' 
shall Dot be construed Into a right to arrest and detain ae conscripts persons 
exempt by law from conscription." 

Mr. J, M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays. 

Mr. Cluskey moved that the House adjourn, 

The motion was lost. 

On motion of Mr. Atkins, 

The House resolved itself into open session. 

TWENTY-THIRD DAY— MONDAY, December 6, 1864. 



The House took up for consideration the special order; which was 
(H. R. 242) a bill " to provide for sequestrating the property of per- 
sons liable to military service who have departed, or shall depart, 
from the Confederate States without permission." 

Mr. Machen offered the following resolution, viz: 



The resolution was lost. 



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Itec. S, lsa4.1 HOtJSE OF rephesehtatiVes. 325 

Mr. Kussell moved to postpone the special order until Wednesday 
morning for the moritiiie hour. ' 

The motion was acreed to. 

Mr, Boyce, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, under a suspen- 
sion of the rules, reported back the report of the Secretary of the 
Naw, with a recommendation that it be printed ; which was agreed to. 

Mr. Foster introduced 

A bill " to extend the jurisdiction of the military courts of the Con- 
federate States ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Foster also introduced 

A bill " for the relief of the citizens of north Alabama ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments. 

Mr. Garland introduced 

A bill " for the relief of taxpayers in certain cases ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Garland offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Mllltnr]- Affairs be hereby instructed to take 
imder their consideration the subject of "exemption," as regulnted bj the 
present acta of Congrees, wltb a view to ascerttilnlng how fur tbe present 
exemption laws may be repeaied and tlie number ot exemptions curtulied wlth- 
oot detriment to the public good, ond the committee be instructed to report by 
bill or otherwise as early as practicable, 

Mr. Hartridge introduced 

A bin " for the issue of duplicate bonds and certificate of stock in 
certain cases; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr, Hartridee also introduced 

A bill " to alter and amend the several acts heretofore passed for 
the sequestration of the estates, property, and effects of alien enemies, 
and for the indemnity of citizens of the Confederate States and per- 
sona aiding the same in the existing war with the United States; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Hartridge pi-esented a memorial of officers of Anderson's brig- 
ade, in reference to clothing and rations for troops ; which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr, Bell presented a memorial of officers of General Wofford's 
Georgia brigade, asking that they be supplied by the Government 
with clothing; which was referred to the Committee on Quarter- 
master's and Commissary Departments. 

Mr. Bell offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz : 

'BeM»lved. Tbat the Committee on Quartermaster's aud Commissary Depart- 
ments be instructed to inquire whether quartermasters controlling the sule and 
distribution of Government clothing and cloth have supplied officers and clerlis 
Id the departments at the capital, and those on post duty elsewhere, with cloth- 
ing In preterence to, and exclusive of, field and line officers on active duty In the 
field, and If bo, by virtue of what laws it has been done, and report by bill or 
otherwise such measures as will secure clothing to the men and (^cere on dut; 
In Uie field Id preference to any others. 



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826 JOUHNAi OF THE Ibec. a. 1864. 

Mr. Akin offered the following resolution, viz: 

Reaolved. Thnt it Ih expedleut to repeal the thirteenth nection of an act entltied 
"An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new Issue of notes and iMnds," 
approved January seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four. 

On motion of Mr. Moore, the resolution was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. 

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre- 
tary; which is as follows, viz: 

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have rejected a hili of this House (H. R. 189) to 
amend tbe iaws In relation to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by 
Iiulillc officers. 

They have passed bills of the following titles, viz: 

S. 121. An act declaring the mode of aucertiilnlriE the voiue of the tithe deliv- 
erable to the Government under the true instruction of existing laws; and 

S, 128. "An act to amend an act entitled "An act for the establishment and 
orgaDlzatlou of tbe Army of the Confederate States of America," approved 
March 6, 1861 ; 

In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. 

Mr. Anderson presented a memorial from ladies of Pittsylvania 
County, Va., in favor of the e.xemption of millwrights, etc., from 
military service. 

The memorial was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Anderson offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to Inquire 
Into the expediency of Increasing the comiteusatlou of collectors of taxes. 

Mr. W. E. Smith introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to regulate impressments,' 
approved March twenty -sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three; " 
which was read first and second times and referred to the Special 
Committee on Impressments. 

Mr. Lester offered the following resolution; which was adopted,viz : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be. and they are hereby, 
instructed to consider what amendments can be made to the act entitled "An act 
to punish drunkenness in the Army," approved August twenty-flrat, eighteen 
hundred and sixty-two, so on to secure ii prompt reiiort of all violations of said 
act and a certain punishment of the ofTenders, and that tbe committee report 
on the subject by bill or otherwise. 

Mr. Moore presented a memorial from the officers and employees of 
the medical purveyor's office in the city of Richmond, praying that 
they be allowed the benefit of the law increasing the compensation of 
clerks in the Eitecutive Pcpartnients. 

The memorial was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. Moore introduced 

A joint resolution " explanatory of the act approved January thir- 
teenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, increasing the compensation 
of certain civil officers in the legislative and executive departments 
at Richmond." 

The joint resolution was read a first and second time and referred 
to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Mr. H. W. Bruce introduced the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Quartermaster's and Conimlssary Depart- 
ments be instructed to Inquire and report liy bill or otherwise whether any addi- 
tional legislation Is necessary to have sulliclently and properly fed the negroes 
employed by the Government on public worlds as teamsters and otherwise. 



Dec. 5, 1854.1 HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES. 827 

Mr. Machen offered the following resolutioa; which was adopted, 
riz: 

Whereas it la reported tbnt In some sectloiw of thfe country qnartermagters 
and commissaries are in tbe habit of allowius citizens to draw and consume 
(torenunent snppllce from producers at Government prices, In manireat viola- 
tion of the puri>oses for which the law of Impressment was passed : Therefore, 

Hcaoli-eil. Tbat the Committee on Quartermaster's and Commissar; Depart- 
ments inquire Into siild complaints, and If found to be true, that they report a 
tilll which will more efTectually protect tbe Government against such use of 
supplies and to punish parties guilty of such conduct 

Mr. Dupr^ introduced 

A bill " to suspend the collection of taxes in certain cases; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Dupre also introduced 

A bill " to amend an act to levy additional taxes for the common 
defense and support of the Government, approved February seven- 
teenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and to construe and declare 
more expRcitly the meaning thereof; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Dupre also introduced 

A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to impose regulations upon 
the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the 
common defense,' approved February sizth, eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Commerce. 

Mr, Perkins introduced 

A bill " to amend the act of February seventh, eighteen hundred 
and sixty-three, so as to allow commutation to soldiers for the war 
who have received no furlough ; " 

vfhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Chambers introduced 

A bill " to provide for taking testimony on claims for the value or 
for the use and services of slaves in certain cases; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Special 
Committee on Impressments. 

Mr. Chambers also introduced 

A ^ill " to allow clerks and employees in the Executive Depart- 
ments at Richmond to purchase rations; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Chambers presented a memorial from clerks and employees in 
the Executive Departments at Richmond, praying the passage of a 
law allowing them the privilege of purchasing supplies from Gov- 
ernment stores at Government prices. 

The memorial was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Larakin introduced 

A bin " to amend an act of the Provisional Congress entitled 'An 
act relating to the prepayment of postage in certain cases,' approved 
July twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one; " 
which was read a first and second time. 



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328 JOUKNAL OP THE IDec 6. 1884- 

Mr. Xdinkin moved to suspend the rule which required the bill to be 
referred to a committee. 

The motion prevailed, and the bill was taken up for consideration. 

The Chair announced that the morning hour had expired. 

On motion of Mr. Gilmer, the Calendar was postponed for half 
an hour. 

Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered. 

The question being on ordering the bill to be engrossed for a third 
reading, 

Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz : j j^.T^ '< 34 

Yeas: Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Eli'M. Bruce, 
Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, Dickinson, Dnpre, Ewing, 
Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Hanly, Hatcner, Holder, 
Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, McMullin, Montague, Moore, 
Orr, Pugh, Kamsay, Rives, Russell, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, 
Smith of Alabama, Smith of Norih Carofhia, S^ad, Swan, Turner, 
Vest, AVelsh, Whitfield, Wickham,*1VilkeH, and AVitherspoon. 

Nays: Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Batsony Branch, Bridg- 
ers, fioratio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Cliwkey, "Cbnrow, 
De Jamette, Foster, Funsten, Garland, Gholson, Hartridge, Hilton, 
HoUiday, Johnston, Keeble,Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshul, Menees, 
Miles, Miller, Perkins, Read, Sexton, and Triplett. 

So the question was decided in the affirmative. 

The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed. 

The title was read and agreed to. 

Mr. Lamkin presented a memorial of J. Toomer and A. J. Ward, 
asserting a claim. 

The memorial was referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Mr. Holder offered the following resolution; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Wbereas complaints, apparently well founded, are made by army officers in 
the field that unjust dtacrlminations are made against tliem and In farar of 
officers on post duty in the sale of clotb. etc., for officers' unifomis, by assistant 
quartermasters- taaving charge of the same; Therefore, 

Regolred. That the Special Committee on Army Pay and Clothlnic be Instmcted 
to Investigate diligently the facts, and If such evil exist report what legislation 
Is necessary for Its correction. 

The Chair announced the Special Committee on Army Pay and 
Clothing as follows: Messrs. Miller, Holder, Witherspoon, Menees, 
and B^or. 

Mr. Barksdale introduced 

A bill " for the relief of taxpayers in certain cases ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

Mr. Barksdale also introduced 

A joint resolution " for the relief of Nathaniel Moore, late post- 
master at Enterprise, Mississippi ; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conmiitte« 
on Claims. 

Mr. Barksdale also introduced 

A bill " to fix the salary of district judges of the Confederate 
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which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on the Judiciary, 

Mr. Barksdale also introduced 

A bill "to indemnify the city of Jackson for public school build- 
ings destroyed while in the use of the military authorities of the Con- 
federate States; " 

which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Claims. 

Mr. Orr offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Wnys and Means be instructed to have 
priDted, for the uae of the House, the report of the Assistant Quartermaster- 
General, and aocompanylng papers. 

Mr. Snead introduced 

A bill " to provide for the trial of officers and men of the militia 
and reserves by military courts and penal courts-martial; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Gilmer introduced the following resolution; which was 
adopted, viz: 

Resoh-ed, That the Committee on Ordnance and Ordnance Stores be Instructed 
to Inqalre Into the necessity of establishing Qovernment worlts on Deep River, 
la North Carolina, to secure more effectually the l>enefltR of coal and iron, bo 
important to our defense, and that they report by blli or otherwise. 

The Chair laid before the House Senate bill {No. 121) " declaring 
the mode of ascertaining the value of the tithe deliverable to the 
Government under the true construction of existing laws ; " 
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means. 

The Chair also laid before the House Senate bill (No. 128) "to 
amend an act entitled 'An act for the establishment and organiza- 
tion of the Army of the Confederate States of America,' approved 
March sixth, eignteen hundred and sixty -one ; " which was read a 
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military 
Affairs. 

Mr, J. M. Leach offered the following resolution, viz : 

Retolved, That the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus Is one of the great 
bulwarlcs of freedom, and that It ought not to l>e suspended except in extreme 
cases where the puhllc safety Imperatively demands it: that the people of this 
Confederacy are united In a great struggle for liberty, and that no exigency 
exists justifying Its suspension. 

Upon the adoption of the resolution Mr. J. M, Leach called the 
question. 

Mr. Russell moved that the House go into secret session. 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: j Woys I""""I """I'l 34 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Barksdale, Batson, Baylor, Blandford, 
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chamliers, Chil- 
ton, Cbrisman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar, Conrow, De Jar- 
nette, Dickinson, Dupre, Elliott, Ewing, Funsten, Gholson. Hart- 
ridge, Hatcher, Herbert, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, 
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Miller, Montague, Moore, Nor- 
toUj Perkins, Pugh, Read, Kives, Russell, Sexton, W. E. Smithj 



330 JOUENAL OP THE [Dec. 0, 18(M. 

Snead, Swan, Triplet!, Vest, Welsh, "WTiitfield, Wilkes, and Mr. 
Speaker. 

Nays: Atkins, Aver, Baldwin, Bell, Boyce, Bridgers. Cruikshank, 
Darden, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, GaJther, Garland, Gilmer. 
Hanly, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Leister, Logan, Marshall, Miles, 
Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Rogers, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of 
Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, Wickham, and Wither- 
spnon. 

So the House resolved itself into secret ses.sion; and after spend- 
ing some time therein, resolved itself into open session. 

On motion of Mr. Murray, 

The House adjourned until 12 o'clock m. to-morrow. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, viz: 

The bill " to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cas(w for a limited period." 

Mr. J. M. Leach moved to amend the bill by adding to the end of 
the fifth clause the following proviso: 

Provldeii. Tliat so much of tbe flttli clause In this act as relotes to attempts to 
avoid mfiltnry service slinll not he construed into a right to arrest and detain 
ns coDscrlptH pcrRons exempt by law from conacrlption. 

Mr. Russell moved to lay the amendment of Mr. J. M. Leach on 
the table. 

Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays on the motion of 
Mr. Rns.sell ; 

Which were ordered, 

. ( Yeas 34 

■ I Nays 52 

Yeas: Batson, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, 
Conrow, IX' Jarnette, Dupre, Funsten, Gholson, Hartridge, Hatcher, 
Herbert, Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, McMullin, Miller, Monta- 

fue, Moore, Norton, Perkins, Pugh, Bead, Rives, Russell, Sexton, 
nead, Swan, Vest, Whitfield, and Wilkes. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson. Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, 
Boyce, Bradlev, Branch, Bridgers, Horatio W, Bruce, Chambers, Chil- 
ton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, 
Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Holder, ■ 
Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Tjcster, Jjogan, Maclien, Marshall, 
McCallum, Monees. Miles. Murray. Orr, Ramsav, Simpson. .T. M. 
Smith, W. E. Smith. Smith of Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, 
Triplett, Turner, Welsh, Wickhain, and Witherspoon. 

So the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

Mr, Russell submitted the following amendment to the amendment 
of Mr. J. M. Leach : 

Add to tlie end of the amendment of Mr. J. M. r-each the following, via : " and 
held to lie so exfiniitcd hy a Judgment or Judicial order of a court or Judge of 
the Confederate States of America." 

Mr. J. M. Leach moved to lay the amendment of Mr. Russell on 
the table. 



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Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays on his motion ; 
Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: ] v^ .^ 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, 
Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Cruik- 
shank, Darden, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Garland. Gilmer, Hanly, 
Herbert, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Marshall, 
McCallum, Menees, Miles, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, J. M, 
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Afabaina, Smith of North Carolina, 
Turner, Welsh, Wickham, and Witherspoon. 

Nays: Batson, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Cham- 
bers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, Conrow, De Jamette, Dick- 
inson, DuprS, Ewing, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Hartridge, 
Hatcher, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Maohen, 
McMuUin, Miller, Montague, Moore, Norton, Perkins, Piigh, Read, 
Rives, Russell, Sexton, Snead, Swan, Triplett, Vest, Villere, Whit- 
field, Wilkes, and Mr. Speaker. 

So the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

Mr. Russell, by consent, modified his resolution so as to make it 
read as follows, viz : 

ir Buch persons, upoa writs of hnbena corpus Issued by a court or judge ot the 
Confederate States of Auierlcn. slinll by tlie Judguieiit or judicial order of bucU 
court or Judge be held to be so exempt. 

On motion of Mr. Logan, 

The House resolved It^lf into open session. 

TWENTY-FOURTH DAY— TUESDAY, December C, 1864. 

OPEN SESSION. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with 
prayer by the Rev. Dr. Moore. 

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business; 
which was the report from the Committee on Rules and Officers of 
the House. 

Mr. Holliday moved to suspend the rules, in order that he might 
introduce a resolution. 

The motion prevailed. 

Mr. Holliday offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, 
viz: 

Reiolved. That the President be respectfully rei|uested to Infoiin tLe House of 
Iteprescntatlves wlietber any nud ivliat ■■estrk'tions bave Iteeu lni|K)sed ujiou tiie 
exercise of the right of the Confederate States, or iuiy of tlieiii. to cxiwrt. on 
tbeir own account, any of tbe articles enumerated in the act entitled "'An net to 
Impose regulations utx>n the foreign coiunicrce of the Confedernti^ f^tatea to iiro- 
vlde for the public defense," approved February elsth. eighteen hundred and 
sixty-four 

Al90. whether the regulations made under tbe first section of snld act have 
caused any diminution In the number of vessels engaced in foreign commerce. 

Also, whether the said net of Congress and the regulations made under Its 
authority linve been beneBclal or otherwise In tbelr elTeets on tbe success of our 
arms and the supply of means necessary for tbe public defense. 

Also, whether experience has suggested tlie necessity of the repeal of the snld 
act of February sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, or any modlflcatlon or 
amendment of its provisions. 



882 • JOUENAL OP THE (Dec. fl, 186i. 

Mr. Perkins called up the motion of Mr. Atkins to reconsider the 
vote by which the House adopted the amendment to Rule 30 of the 
House. 

Mr, Russell moved to go into secret session, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

The House then went into secret session i and having spent some 
time therein, resolved itself into open session, 

A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his 
Private Secretary ; which is as follows, viz : 
To the honorable Speakeb of the House of Rephesentativeb. 

Mr. Speaker: The President lioa to-day approved and sl^ed h Joint resolu- 
tion (H. R. 19) of thanks to Gen. N. B. Forrest and the officers and men of 

Very reapeotfully, your obedient servant, 

BURTON N. HARRISON. 

Private Secretary. 
Richmond, Va., December.6, 186i. 

Mr. Chambers offered the following preamble and resolutions; 
which were unanimously adopted, viz: 

WhereflB the Honorable G. G. Vest, of Missouri, has called the attention of 
this House to the fact that, upon yesterday, when the IlDune was In the act of 
assembling, an attack was made upon bim In the pi'esence of a large number of 
members and B[)ectators by a woman who bad intruded ber presence Into tbe 
Hall : and 

Whereas this House Is of opinion, from tbe conduct of tbe woman at the time, 
from declarntloua denunciatory and threatening toward other members, and 
from other facts communicated to the House, that the said woman Is, as sbc Is 
reported to be, of unsound mind ; Therefore, 

Resolvei. That the members of this House hereby declare their fullest con- 
fidence In tbe Honorable G. G. Vest, as a gentleman of honor, incapable of ^t- 
ing cause for the perpetration of any such outrage, and we recognize the fact 
that an incident of a nature so disagreeable, but Involving no disgrace, might 
' have befallen any one of the many persons present at tbe time of the occurrence. 

Resolved, That the conduct ot the Honorable G. G. Vest, at tbe time of the 
attack, was euilncntly nmnly and proper under the clrcumstancea 

Resolved further. That we deem tbe passage of these resolutions an act of 
simple Justice to the Honorable G. G. Vest and the other members threatened 
In order to protect him and them against the unexplained version which may go 
to the public of this disagreeable affair. 

On motion of Mr, HolHday, 

The House adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock m. 

SECRET SESSION. 

The House being in secret session, 

Resumed consideration of the unfinished business, viz: 

The bill "to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in 
certain cases for a limited period." 

And the question being on the amendment of Mr. Russell to the 
amendment of Mr. J. M. Leach, 

Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz : 1 xt*'*^ . 

' ( Nays 41 

Yeas: Batson, Blandford, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, 
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, De Jarnette, Dickin- 
son, Dupre, Ewing, Funst«n, Gholson, Hartridge, Hatdier, Hilton, 



Dm. 6, tSM-l HOUSE OP BEPRESENTATIVES. 333 

Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McMullin. 
Miller, Montague, Moore, Norton, Perkins, Pugh, Bead, Rogers. 
Russell, Snead, Swan, Triplett, Vest, Villere, Welsh, Whitfield, 
Wilkes, and Mr. Speaker. 

Navs: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, 
Bell, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, 
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Herbert, 
Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Ijogan, Marshall, McCallum, 
Miles, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of 
Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, Wickham; and Wither- 
spoon. 

So the amendment to the amendment was agreed to. 

Mr. Marshall submitted the following amendment to the amend- 
ment of Mr. J. M. Leach : 

Strike out the whole thereof and insert the following: "Pmvided, Nothing 
b^^in shall be construed to authorize the suspension of the privilege where a 
partr arrested for an nttempt to evade mllltnry service nia<r apply for the writ 
to a coart or Judge of general Jurisdiction to test Judicially bis legal liability to 
render encb service." 

Mr. Russell moved to lay the amendment of Mr. Marshall on the 
table. 

Mr. Orr demanded the yeas and nays thereon ; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, vi»: j J^ ^ 

Yeas : Batson, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, 
Cluskey, Conrow, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Funsten, 
Gholson, Hartridge, Hatcher, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, 
Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McMullin. Miller, Montague, Moore, Per- 
kins, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Swan, Triplett, Vest, 
Viller^, Whitfield, Wilkes, and Mr. Speaker. 

Nays: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, 
Bell, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, Cham- 
bers, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Darden, Farrow, Foote, Foster, 
Fuller, Gather, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Herbert, Holder, Lamkin, 
J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Marshall, McCallum, Miles, MurraJ^, 
Orr, Ramsav, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Ala- 
bama, Smitn of North Carolina, Turner, Welsh, Wickham, and 
Witherspoon, 

So the motion to lay on the table was lost. 

Mr. Akin submitted the following amendment to the bill (in the 
nature of a substitute) : 

I. strike ont all after the enacting clause and insert : 

," Tbnt during the present Invasion the privilege of tbe writ of habeas corpus 
be, HDi] the same Is hereby, suspended throughout the Confederate States in all 
cases where tbe person arrested may be charged, under oath — 

"I. With treason or treasonable efforts or combinations to subvert tbe Gov- 
ernment of the Confederate States. 

"II. With combining to assist the enemy, or with communicating intelll' 
gt^nce to the enemy, or giving him aid and comfort 

" III. With treasonable designs to Impair tbe military power of the Govern- 
ment by destroying, or attempting to destroy, the vessels, or arms, or munitions 
of war, or arsenals, fouiidrles, workshops, or other property of the Confederate 
fftaCes. 

" IV. With being a spy or other emissary of the enemy. 

"V. With exciting, or attempting to excite. luHurrectlon among slaves, oc 
promoting conspiracy among them, or enticing them to Join tbe enemy. 



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"VI. With burning, destroying, or Injuring, > 
or injurp. liny brldite or railroad or telptrraphlc 
1 lew of aldlriK tho enemy. 

"VII. With exeltlDg. or attemptlug to eirite, mutiny among the troops of 
the Confederate states. 

** VIII. With harboring deserters or encouraglug desertion. 

"Sec. 2. That hi all such caiseH of arrest it shall be tbe duty of the offlcer 
Issuing the warrant or order to net forth In writing, over hie official signature, 
the cause of such arrest and ImprlRoument, and shall cause a copy thereof to 
be forthwith forwarded to the Secretarj' of War. 

"Sec. ,1. The oath required by this act shall be sufflclent, when founded on 
either the knowledge. Information, or belief of the nfliant, that the person 
<'harged is guilty of the act or offense stated, and said oath may be adminis- 
tered, and the warrant or order of arrest Issued, by any Judge or Justice or 
cniumlssloner of the Confederate States, or by any Judge, Justice of the peace. 
Judge of probate, or other Judicial officer of any State of the (Confederate 
States: or by any Judge of a military (wurt, or by any commissioned officer 
In the military service of the Confederate States of or above the rank of major. 

" Sec. 4. That In all i-ases. when It Is practicable, the oath shall be taken, 
and the narrant or order founded thereon shall be Issued before the arrest 
shall be made; and when It Is not practicable, or the delay may Increase the 
probabilities of es<'ape, the arrest may be first made; but In all such cases the 
oi:th shall t)e taken, and the warrant or order, plainly setting forth the cause 
of arrest and detention, shall be issued within twenty-four hours after the arrest 
sliall have been made, and a copy of the alUdnvIt and of the order or warrant, 
within forty-eight hours after such arrest, shall be furnished to the person 
arrested; and In case said oath ia not taken, nor said warrant or order Issued 
.and furnished, as herein required, the party arrested shall not be denied tlie 
privilege of the writ of habeas cor|>us by reason of the passage of this aet. 

"Sec. a. It shall be the duty of the President to appoint proper officers as 
commissioners to Investigate the cases of alt persons so arrested or detained, 
in onler that they may be discharged if Iniproiicrly detained, unless they can 
W s[)oeiilly tried in tiie due course of law. Said commissioners shall receive 
each a <-oniiieuHatiun of two hundred and fifty dollars per month: and each 
Ltimmlssioner may apiMiint one clerk or assistant, who shall receive a coni- 
Iteiisntloii of one hundred and flfly dollars per month ; and eacii .commissioner 
nnd assistant sbalt receive twenty-five cents for every mile actually and neeea- 
Barliy traveled in tiie discharge of the duties required by this act. 

" Sec. t>. During the suspension aforesaid no military or other officer shall be 
eoini>elle<l. in answer to any writ of habeas corpus, to apl>ear In |)erao:i, or to 
return tiie body of any person or i>ersous detained by him. according to the pro- 
visions (if this act; but upon the certificate, under oath, of the officer having 
charge of anyone so detained that such person Is detalnetl by bim as a prisoner 
for any of the causes hereinbefore spe<'ifled. under the authority herein spwitlod, 
accompanied by a copy of the affidavit and of the warrant or order of arrest, 
further proceedings under the writ of habeas corpus shall Immediately cease and 
remain suspended so long as this act shall continue In force. 

"Sec. 7. This act shall continue in force for ninety days after the next meet* 
ing of Congress, and no longer." 

II. Amend the preamble by striking out all after " Whereas," In Hne 8. and 
Inserting " the Tresident has informed the Congress of condltious of public 
danger which. In the opinion of Congress, render the suspension of the privilege 
of said writ a measure proper (or the public defense and necessary to the public 
safety : Now, therefore." 

III. Amend the title so that It will read: "A bill to suspend the privilege of 
the writ of habeas corpus In certain cases and for a limited period." 

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Marshall to the 
amendment of Mr. J. M. Leach, 

Mr. Kenner demanded the yeas and nays; 

Which were ordered, 

And recorded as follows, viz: < Moys 3,^ 

Yeas: Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, 
Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Brid^rs, Horatio W. 
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Dardeo, 



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